Academics Stand Out For Johnson

One of Southwestern Indiana's best kept secrets made a trip to Ball State last weekend and came away impressed with more than just football.

Evansville (IN) North High School standout Ford Johnson has his eyes on something different than what most college bound players have.

" This is a 40 year decision, not a 4 year decision," Ford said of choosing a college. "Education is the important aspect to me."

Johnson is not kidding, the 3.94 GPA and leadership skills he possess has led him to be recruited by Ivy League schools and several other academic focused institutions out east. Johnson though, doesn't want to travel to far for college.

" Pennsylvania, Lehigh, and others have been expressed a lot interest, but I want to stay a little closer (to home)," Johnson said. "So when Coach (Kevin) Kelly contacted my high school to invite up for a visit, I was there within the week."

So what did Johnson experience on his visit?

"I have visited four D1 programs so far," Johnson said. "But the academic focus of the Ball State coaches is not just talk, from what I saw during my visit it was the absolute truth. Recruits get told what they want to hear, but the elite academic backgrounds of the Ball State coaching staff and my discussions with the players proved to me that Ball State is truly different, and they offer opportunities that other programs just can't provide."

As a junior, Johnson only compiled 372 yards rushing and 4 touchdowns before suffering an injury, but a solid spring has catapulted him into the eyes of college coaches as the summer camp evaluation period begins. For Ford though, right now Ball State is a major focus.

" The campus is amazing, the best I have seen hands down," Johnson said. "They are putting additional resources into their football facilities and have a clear plan for success. I want to be a part of that success by contributing academically and physically to the program. I have a few more visits, but right now Ball State is the clear standout in all categories."

Ford's Junior Highlights.

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