Ford Lists Louisville

Running back Mike Ford of Sarasota (FL) High School, who recently received his first offer, spoke with Inside the Ville about his current top schools.

One sure sign that a team is prepared to become a consistant winner is that it no longer rebuilds, but instead reloads. The University of Louisville is rapidly reaching that mark at every spot on the field, especially at running back.

The Cardinals have talented players such as Lionel Gates, Eric Shelton and Michael Bush that will receive the bulk of the carries this fall, while players such as Kolby Smith, Reggie Bradshaw and George Stripling that will the backs of the future.

This recruiting period, Louisville is looking at Sarasota High School back Mike Ford as a potential athlete to help its reloading efforts.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound back was an All-Area selection following his sophomore season and followed that effort up with a 1,000-yard plus season last fall while sharing the rushing duties.

Expected to be the feature back this season, Ford should produce one of the top rushing seasons in the Sunshine State in 2004.

Ford has seen increase come from all across the country, but has only received one offer to date due to his need to focus on his academics.

"Eastern Michigan gave me my first offer last Monday," Ford said. "I'm also hearing a lot from Auburn, Ohio State, LSU, Florida, Louisville and Indiana. Right now I'm focusing on my academics, because the others schools have told me that if I bring my scores up that they'll offer too."

Because of his current academic status, Ford doesn't want to claim any outright leaders to this point.

"I'm not going to pick my real favorites right now," Ford explained. "I want to get my grades up and keep them up and then see what happens."

When it comes time for Ford to begin making visits he will be looking for more than just impressive facilities.

"The first thing that I look at is the academics at the school an what the campus is like," continued Ford. "I want to find a school that I am comfortable with."

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