Ford: "The Place I Wanted to Be"

The south's fastest wide receiver/kick returner talks with about his verbal commitment.

5-9, 175 pound wide receiver/kick return prospect Jacoby Ford traveled to Clemson for an official visit this past weekend. And before leaving campus, he gave his verbal commitment to head coach Tommy Bowden.

"I told Coach Bowden on Sunday," Ford told "He and coach (Burton) Burns were real excited. Coach Burns said he had never seen Coach Bowden get that jittery before about a commitment."

Ford spent most of the weekend hanging out with two of the Tigers' other verbal commitments for the 2006 recruiting class- Jeff Ogren and Kendrick Johnson, not to mention his host - L'Donte Harris.

"I loved it. My host was La'Donte Harris. We had a good time," Ford told "I thought we got along real well. We bonded with each other."

The key to the visit however appeared to be Saturday's practice. Ford was impressed with what he saw as the Tigers prepared for their bowl game against Colorado.

"My brother came up with me and watched the practice. The offense is perfect for me. It was a great opportunity for me. Having my brother there helped me make the decision. I decided it was the place I wanted to be," Ford said.

Ford is also hoping to play again with Fork Union teammate T.J. Williams. "I hope T.J. will make it up there with me. I would love to play with him again. It would be cool. I pray he gets his test score so he can join me," he said.

Ford, who plans to enroll at Clemson in January, said he anticipates getting a shot at wide receiver this spring. He also talked briefly about his other scholarship offers in the recruiting process.

"I had offers from Virginia, West Virginia, Southern California, Tennessee, Michigan and Florida," he said. "But I'm done now.

"I will be up there at Clemson in January. They are sending all the papers to me so I can get everything signed." Top Stories