Jonathan “Juanny” Ford said he chose Notre Dame for the opportunity to play under a great coaching staff at an elite university.
“The coaches, Kevin Corrigan and Gerry Byrne, and definitely the Notre Dame culture and reputation,” he said via email. “I visited UVA, Brown and Tufts, but I ended up not visiting Georgetown as I knew Notre Dame was the right fit for me.”
Ford becomes the second Southern California player to commit to Notre Dame in the Class of 2019, following midfielder Max Manyak of Oak Park.
With three high school seasons remaining before heading off to South Bend, Indiana, though, the 5-foot-11, 165-pound Ford has his sights set on helping Torrey Pines win a San Diego Section title. The Falcons have fallen to Poway in each of the last two title games.
“No. 1 is a CIF championship,” Ford wrote of his remaining high school goals. “I hope to contribute to what is already a great defense at Torrey.”