Hilton Head Island high school football star Poona Ford will be playing collegiate football for the Texas Longhorns. The four-star defensive tackle made the announcement on National Signing Day on Feb. 5, picking the Longhorns over Missouri and Purdue. The 6-foot, 285-pound Ford was originally committed to Louisville but backed out when head coach Charlie Strong accepting the head coaching job at Texas.
Ford was ranked the No. 263 prospect overall and No. 23 player at his position in the 247Composite rankings. Ford finished his senior season at Hilton Head High with 135 tackles and seven sacks, leading the Seahawks to a 7-4 record. He was even more productive as a junior with 154 tackles and 10 sacks.