Louisville lands another Florida WR

Jacksonville, Fla., Trinity Christian wide receiver Isaiah Ford has given a verbal commitment to the University of Louisville. He becomes the 13th member of the Class of 2014 and the third wide receiver from Florida to make a pledge with the Cardinals.

University of Louisville football coach Charlie Strong and his staff stayed on a recruiting roll on Saturday night.

The Cardinals picked up commitment No. 13 - the eighth from the state of Florida - when Jacksonville, Fla., Trinity Christian wide receiver Isaiah Ford gave a verbal commitment to the Cardinals.

The 6-foot-2 and 173-pound Ford had over 20 scholarship offers in football and one in basketball – Virginia Commonwealth. He has committed to play football and said the plan is to be a preferred walk-on with the basketball team.

"It's amazing," Ford told Cardinal Authority. "I am so excited right now. It's a great school, a great program and the place for me.

"I'm ecstatic. I picked Louisville because the staff just made me feel right at home and that was most important to me. I prayed about it and talked to my whole family and we were all on the same page."

Ford said he first met U of L assistant coach Ron Dugans as a freshman when the U of L wide receiver coach came to recruit at his high school.

"My coaches already knew him from when he played at Florida State," Ford said. "He was a big part of it, my relationship with coach Dugans.

For me, being nine hours away from home I wanted to go somewhere that I could feel comfortable with the coaches. They made me feel like home. I can't wait to get there and try to get on the field as soon as possible."

Ford said he watched the Sugar Bowl and was "impressed" but that victory played more of a factor with his mother because, "she just doesn't like Florida."

At U of L, Ford will join his Trinity Christian teammate Kavaris Harkless, an offensive lineman who committed to U of L last month.

Ford also has a history in Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. He played a game there last season, scoring three touchdowns, against Goodpasture, Tenn.

"I loved it there," he said. "I just want to get there and get on the field. I have big playmaking ability, I can go up and catch the ball. I am reliable on third and long and third and short. In the red zone, I'm a nightmare."

As far as basketball, Ford said he's been playing both sports since age 4 and "was really excited" when he heard he could walk-on with the Cardinals. He also had an offer to play both sports at Virginia Tech.

"It's amazing and I think an honor and privilege for me to be able to do that at a place like Louisville," he said.

In football he compiled 700 receiving yards on 45 catches and 14 touchdowns. During his basketball season he averaged a hefty 26.3 points per game.

U of L now has 11 commitments in one month and Ford is the third wide receiver from Florida, joining Desean Blair and George Rushing, who committed on Friday night to the Cardinals.

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