In this final full month before National Signing Day for the class of 2014, wide receiver Isaiah Ford has reemerged as a legitimate target for Virginia Tech. Trinity Christian Academy (Jacksonville, FL) assistant coach Gerard Ross, who handles football recruiting for the school, updated the latest on the 6’2”, 180-pound senior.
“It’s actually a top five list as of the last time I talked to him,” Ross answered when asked if Ford was down to two schools (Louisville and Virginia Tech), as other sites have reported. “As of right now it is Louisville, Virginia Tech, Miami, Florida and South Florida.”
While no visits are currently scheduled for this coming weekend, it appears Ford may wait until February 5 to make his college choice. Coach Ross didn’t rule out the possibility of a decision coming sooner, though.
“At this point he’s going to wait until Signing Day to make a decision,” Ross said. “He’s still iffy about some things. I told him to not rush it and to pray over it with his family. If while he’s waiting anything pops in his mind, he can call whoever and make a commitment.”
Ford, FlaVarsity.com’s 3A Player of the Year as a senior, took an official visit to Virginia Tech last November. Speculation was rampant that he may switch to the orange and maroon, but in the days and weeks after he appeared set to stay with the commitment he gave Louisville in May of 2013. When coach Charlie Strong left the Cardinals for the head job at Texas, however, the Trinity Christian Academy standout decided to reexamine his options.
“When that deal (Strong to Texas) went down, it shook things up,” Ross said. “But he was still battling in his mind because he really likes Coach Wiles and Coach Moorehead. He likes Coach Foster and Coach Loeffler. He had a good time over the summer before the season even started. He had seen 12 campuses on his college road trip last summer. Of all the places, he said Virginia Tech, there was something about it.”
Virginia Tech, Ross says, “wants [Ford] in the worst way. They are going to wait it out. They feel like he is an impact player. [Isaiah has] pretty much confirmed with Coach Wiles that they have a good shot, but it’s a whole family deal. He wants his family to be comfortable and I think the whole deal with Coach Strong left a bitter taste. He is from the state of Florida and he had offers from the big three (Florida, Florida State and Miami). His early decision for Louisville, it...
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