"I'm going to Florida State," Ford said. "I really like the school and it's the place for me to be. The atmosphere was the difference-maker. I'm going to go there and make a name for myself."
Many suspect that the signing of his friend and former teammate Clifton Dickson was a factor. However, a bigger factor might be his god brother, Derrick Baker, who runs track for the Noles.
"A couple of years ago, I drove my god brother up to Florida State for his freshman year," he said. "Since then I have driven up to Tallahassee several times to see him. We're real close like real brothers. I got a chance to see Florida State a lot the last few years."
Like his god-brother, Ford is also a track standout.
"My fastest time in the 100-meter is 10.6," Ford said. "I think I'm going to runs some track also up there."
Another factor in his decision has been an excellent relationship with the Florida State coach that has been recruiting him for the past year.
"I like Coach Steele a lot," the 6-foot-1 and 180 pound standout said. "He doesn't just talk a good game, he makes it happen. Coach Steele told me that I'll have a good opportunity for playing time, but I'll have to work for it. He's very straightforward."
Some parents aren't thrilled when their kids play their college ball away from home but Ford's family gave him their blessing.
"They are very happy that I'm going to college and doing the right thing," he said. "They said it's up to me because it's my life that I'll living for the next four to five years."
Ford told the Territory that his friend Miami Killian cornerback J.R. Bryant and he still plan on attending the same university together. Bryant will make his decision sometime next week after his Miami visit.
In his senior season, the Miami (Fla.) Northwestern's standout continued his success by recording 56 tackles, 11 pass breakups and five interceptions. He also picked off one pass in the Florida/California All-Star game.
Ford is on track to qualify academically with a 2.4 grade point average and a 940 on the SAT.
Ford selected Florida State over Miami and Kansas State.
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