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Ford Ready for Life in the ACC

By Anthony Richards
SouthernPigskin.com
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Wide receiver prospect Isaiah Ford is excited about joining the Louisville program as it transitions to the ACC.

As Isaiah Ford enters the Louisville program in 2014, it will be a during a period of transition as the program becomes a member of the ACC.

This transition is something that Ford, a wide receiver at Trinity Christian Academy in Jacksonville, Fla., has grown excited about. 

“It’s going to be amazing playing in the ACC, you get to play against all the teams that you grew up liking and watching,” Ford told Southern Pigskin.  “I grew up a Florida State fan, so that’s going to be crazy.”

Besides the opportunity to play in the ACC, the comfort level that Ford felt at Louisville was unmatched by other schools.  The relationships that Ford and his mother built with head coach Charlie Strong and receivers coach Ron Dugans were instrumental in the decision-making process.

Ford’s choice was a family-based decision, especially due to Louisville’s distance from Jacksonville.

“It’s almost as if they’re making the decision for me, that’s how much they really count in this process,” Ford expressed.  “My family and I are really close and we talk about everything.”

At 6-foot-2 and 165 pounds, Ford believes that his strengths are his route running and the ability to use his length to outleap defenders.  Besides that, he believes in his overall ability to make a play when his team is in need of one.

During his final year of high school, Ford looks to continue improving his strength and speed while also working on his route precision.

“You can never run routes good enough, you can always critique something about your routes,” Ford said.

While at Trinity Christian, Ford has been a part of district championships and a winning atmosphere that has helped to mold him into the player that he is today.

“I’m a winner and I love to win, that’s one thing Trinity has taught me,” Ford stated.  “It starts by working hard on and off the field and that’s what I’m going to bring to Louisville.”

Ford has also expressed interest in playing college basketball, an opportunity that has been granted to him by Louisville.

“I know I wasn’t as heavily recruited in basketball, but basketball is actually my first love,” Ford explained. “I’m going to use the opportunity and I’m going to showcase my abilities.”

Anthony Richards - Anthony was born and raised in Jacksonville, Fla. and currently attends the University of North Florida. He is a sports journalist, with a particular passion for college football in the south and the atmosphere that surrounds it. He enjoys the classic southern combination of Bar-B-Q and a large glass of sweet tea. You can reach Anthony at antnyrich@comcast.net.