5-9, 175-pound Fork Union Military Academy wide receiver Jacoby Ford showed off his outstanding speed and big play ability on the first play of FUMA’s game versus Hargrave Military Academy last Friday. Lining up beside the quarterback in Shotgun formation, Ford took a pitch and sprinted towards the outside. With no room to run, he reversed field and outran the Hargrave defense for a 75-yard touchdown run. The speed and big-play ability he showed on this play are several reasons why Ford has seen his recruitment take off this fall.
“I told Coach Clark I was going to do that,” Ford said of the play after the game. FUMA fell to Hargrave in an exciting game, 40-34. “I just told Coach Clark there would be too many people pursuing. I said as soon as I get it, I’m going to make everybody come over one way and just go back the other way.”
Recruiting-wise, Ford has made an official visit to Michigan State and called the visit “nice.” Ford said he was considering “Virginia Tech, Virginia, Clemson, UNC, West Virginia, Michigan State, Michigan, Florida.” He named no favorites among the schools that have offered.
Of Virginia, which he has unofficially visited three times for football games, and Virginia Tech, Ford said ”I’m high on both of them” and “I’m taking visits to both of them.”
Yesterday, Fork Union offensive coordinator J.C. Harmon provided the latest on Ford’s official visit schedule.
“As of right now he has visited Michigan State on October 29th,” Harmon said via e-mail. “He is set to visit UNC on November 19th and Virginia Tech on December 10th. To my current knowledge, UVA, WVU, Florida, Clemson and Maryland are schools that have talked with him about certain visits but have not yet locked down a date. As far as which ones he plans on taking I am not sure but he is completely open and has not said which one he favors. We have one game left against Virginia Tech’s JV on Thursday of this week, and hopefully everything will clear up.”
In the meantime, Ford is looking forward to helping FUMA (6-4) rebound after last week’s tough defeat. FUMA faces Virginia Tech’s junior varsity squad this Thursday. It will be the final game for the post-grad team and for Ford, who has turned in a remarkable season after coming from Cardinal Newman High School in West Palm Beach, Florida.
“Coach Shuman’s a great coach,” Ford said. “He just makes sure the ball gets in my hands. He’s...
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