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Elite Texas tight end target Luke Ford excludes Longhorns from top 5

Posted December 17th, 2017

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One of the nation’s top 2018 talents has taken a considerable step in his recruitment.

On Sunday afternoon, elite Carterville (Ill.) tight end Luke Ford announced his top five schools and the Texas Longhorns weren’t among the bunch.

Georgia, Alabama, Texas A&M, Auburn and Illinois make up the list of options Ford will continue evaluating down the stretch.

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A 4-star pass-catcher, Ford used one of his five official visits to tour Texas on Nov. 11, although the Longhorns ultimately landing the Illinois native still appeared to be a long-shot.

As part of an offensive system Tom Herman and Tim Beck aim to utilize in Austin, Ford emerged as one of Texas’ top targets, especially after the Horns lost a pledge from top-ranked JUCO tight end Dominick Wood-Anderson. With the Longhorns now out of the mix for Ford, Texas’ No. 2-ranked recruiting haul may conclude with just one commit at the position in the form of high-upside Houston Dekaney product Malcolm Epps.

A 6-foot-6, 248-pound prospect, Ford is ranked as the nation’s No. 49 player, No. 2 tight end and the No. 1 player in Illinois, per the 247Sports Composite rankings.

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