Loeffler finds a quarterback

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To the chagrin of the Hokie Nation, Virginia Tech missed out on two Elite 11 quarterbacks at the end of last week.  To begin this week, they reversed that trend and gained a commitment from a different Elite 11 quarterback.

Andrew Ford at the 2013 NFTC in Ashburn (VA)

You hadn’t heard of Andrew Ford until Friday, when David Cornwell (Alabama) and Jacob Park (Georgia) announced their intentions to go elsewhere.  I hadn’t either.  I couldn’t attend Tech’s June camp because of NCAA Regionals, but Ford was there and he impressed Scot Loeffler and the rest of the Tech coaching staff.  Once Cornwell and Park decided to go elsewhere, Ford got the offer immediately.

In Scot Loeffler’s first press conference at Virginia Tech, he was asked what type of quarterback he would be recruiting.  His answer was simple: guys who are tough and smart.

Ford is “the smartest quarterback he’s ever coached,” Cedar Cliff head coach Jim Cantafio said.  Cantafio should know a thing or two about coaching quarterbacks…he also coached Chad Henne in high school, and Henne went on to be developed at Michigan by Scot Loeffler.  That’s a nice connection.

You certainly have to respect the way Ford went about making his decision.  This is what he told Andrew P. Shay of PennLive…

“When I talked with Logan Thomas about coach Loeffler, he told me he learned more from him in the first three months from him than he did in his previous three years,” Ford said. “I also talked with Chad Henne. And he told me some of the things he learned in the first three months with coach Loeffler he hasn’t seen in the NFL.”

Clearly Ford did his research on Scot Loeffler.  Nobody talks up “Lefty” as much as Henne, who was a standout at Michigan.

While Ford isn’t regarded in the same light as Cornwell or Park, he did beat out Park, Caleb Henderson (UNC) and William Crest