BYU football: New LDS convert seeks BYU football scholarship

Published: Monday, May 14 2012 12:43 p.m. MDT

“He doesn’t know when exactly he’ll come out, but he’s going to come out here real soon — probably next week,” said Ford.

DuPaix even gave Ford a reading assignment — encouraging him to read the story of the 2000 stripling warriors in the Book of Mormon.

“He told me that the team takes the same attitude as the 2000 stripling warriors and that they try to emulate what they’re about,” said Ford. “I read it and it was an awesome story and it got me even more excited to be a part of BYU’s program.”

Ford will now wait for BYU coaches to further evaluate him and determine whether to offer him a scholarship. Coach Bronco Mendenhall will likely follow up with him this week with oflfensive line coach Mark Weber doing most of the athletic evaluations.

Ford is on track to graduate from Western Iowa in December and would like to join BYU's team in January of 2013 — giving himself the opportunity to participate in spring practices.

“I’m just excited that my dream could be close to being reality,” said Ford. “I can’t wait to meet with the coaches and I’m hopeful that they’ll offer me a scholarship. I want to go to BYU more than anything, I want to represent the Church and I want to serve a mission for the Church as soon as I graduate.”

Email: bgurney@desnews.com Twitter: @BrandonCGurney

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