Could the Huskies be serious players for Kyle Ford? The five-star receiver, ranked 13th overall in the nation, made his first official visit to Washington over the weekend.

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Could the Huskies be in the mix for five-star recruit Kyle Ford?

A 6-foot-2 wide receiver from Orange, Calif., Ford was thought by many recruiting analysts to be favoring USC in his recruitment. But it appears Washington has gained ground after hosting Ford on his first official recruiting visit over the weekend.

“I loved it there, it was a great trip,” Ford told Greg Biggins of on Sunday.

UW freshman defensive back Julius Irvin was Ford’s official host over the weekend. They were teammates at Servite High in Anaheim. He said he’s also close with UW freshmen receivers Marquis Spiker and Austin Osborne, and sophomore defensive back Keith Taylor, all Southern California natives.

“They all love it (at UW) and since we’re friends, they can keep it real with me and told me how things are and how happy they are with being at Washington,” Ford told Biggins.

After attending the Huskies’ victory over North Dakota, Ford had one-on-one meets with UW coaches Chris Petersen, Bush Hamdan and Matt Lubick on Sunday.

Washington is a definitely an option for me now,” he said. “Their plan in how they develop you is ridiculous on and off the field. My parents and sister went with me and they loved it too. It’s a great program with a lot to offer so I’m very interested.”

In three games for Orange Lutheran this season, Ford has 23 receptions for 337 yards and five touchdowns. 247Sports ranks him as the No. 13 overall recruit in the Class of 2019.

Ford said he is “for sure” going to visit USC, Oregon and Michigan, and said he will “probably” make an official trip to UCLA. His plan is to announce a commitment in January.