After completing his Sophomore season at Freehold Township High School, Ryan Ford had some big news to deliver earlier in the week. The big news just happened to be that he will be taking his game to State College, PA; playing baseball for the Penn State Nittany Lions.
Ford’s stats for the 2016 season were quite impressive. He posted a .412 average while driving in 22 runs at the plate. On the mound he pitched to a 2-1 record posting a 2.43 ERA in 31 innings. After speaking to Ford he was quite optimistic about Penn State University right after he stepped foot on campus for the first time. “After I saw the campus it wasn’t much of a decision. Although I needed to discuss it with my parents and consider other schools, Penn state was the right fit for me,” Ford explained.
While committing before Junior year gives a player plenty of time to prepare for college; it also requires a higher set of goals for the future. Ford acknowledges that his last two years at Freehold Township will be more “relaxing”. However, at the same time he will continue to get better as a player. ” I need to be able to play relaxed but at the same time I have to set my goals higher than ever now,” Ford addressed.
As a multi-sport athlete, Ryan Ford explained just how important the sport of hockey has been to his development as a well rounded athlete. “Hockey has played a huge role in my development. While the sport conditions me and makes me a well rounded athlete, it has also taught me to compete with a certain mental toughness that some players may lack. He credits the coaches throughout his life for preparing him for the hard work that has enabled his success thus far in his career. “I’m very thankful to have such great family members, coaches, and friends that have supported me from day one,” Ford expressed.
Overall, Ford expressed satisfaction in the recruitment process. ” It’s the greatest feeling an athlete could ask for.”