Ford likes four; has two favorites

Jacksonville Trinity Christian Academy 2014 receiver Isaiah Ford has had a tumultuous week. The former Louisville commitment dropped his pledge when Charlie Strong made the move to be the head coach at Texas instead of with the Cardinals. With that in mind, Ford has opened up his recruitment and has four on his mind.

"First off I want to say that I haven't lost any respect for Coach Strong," Isaiah Ford said Thursday at his school. "He has to do what it is best for him and his family. It did throw me a curveball when I was all set to go to Louisville, but God has something planned for me."

Saying that, the Cardinals are still in the mix for Ford. But they now have some catching up to do with their new head coach and staff coming on board.

"I haven't had much time to think about Coach Petrino there yet," he said. "My family and I are going to have to really talk about it."

Another program that has been recruiting Ford straight through his commitment to Louisville is Virginia Tech. The Hokies have built a great relationship with Ford.

"Virginia Tech has probably been the most loyal and consistent in this process," Ford said. "Their need at receiver is as much as anyone in the country. They are always going to contend for an ACC Championship."

The South Carolina Gamecocks have also been on him and assistant oach Steve Spurrier Jr. is a big reason for Ford liking the gamecocks.

"Coach Spurrier brought me my first offer and that is big time," he said. "Bruce Ellington is playing both sports and he is probably the only guy anywhere already doing that."

The Florida gators have also stayed in touch. Ford has a couple of teammates now enrolled at UF including Kavaris Harkless who was also a Louisville commit, but passed on it with the coaching change and enrolled at Florida early.

"They are opening up the offense," Ford said of the Gators. "Their need for receivers is pretty big as well. Also, it is close to home."

With four involved heading down the home stretch, Ford said that two of the programs stand out the most.

"The top two are probably Virginia Tech and South Carolina," he said. "I took a trip to Virginia Tech, I know where I am at with them. I will probably visit South Carolina to make sure I have my decision right. I was just at the basketball game in Gainesville (against South Carolina) last night. That was fun. Basketball is huge for me.

The basketball thing is big and Louisville will give him a chance to play there on the hard court.

"When I talked to South Carolina, they said if I am a contributor I will play," Ford said. "Virginia Tech said the same thing. I talked to Coach Pelphrey (Florida) a little bit about it as well."

The basketball angle is a hard one but one that Ford really wants to do. His high school coaches made sure to tell him to do what he really wants to do.

"If you have a dream, go try and live it," Ford said. "Coach Dorminey, Coach Ross and Coach Gus instilled that in us at an early age."

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