Cards eye Georgia safety

Louisville's pass defense has been suspect this season, primarily because of breakdowns at safety. Steve Kragthorpe appears to have prioritized the position for the 2008 recruiting class and that's why the Cardinals are keeping their eyes on Georgia safety Elton Ford.

Louisville's pass defense has been suspect this season, primarily because of breakdowns at safety. Steve Kragthorpe appears to have prioritized the position for the 2008 recruiting class and that's why the Cardinals are keeping their eyes on Georgia safety Elton Ford.

"I just sent my tape to Louisville so they could see and I guess I'm waiting on them to see if they are going to offer or not," Ford said. "I talk to their running back coach Tony Alford and another one of their coaches calls me too. The last time I talked to Louisville was about two weeks ago. They email me also."

Ford is a key reason why Lithonia High is off to an excellent start this season. His play so far this season resulted in a recent scholarship offer from the ACC. More offers could be on their way shortly.

"We're 4-1," Ford said. "I'm playing good. I already have 50 tackles, two interceptions, three deflections and a blocked punt. I got my first offer Monday from NC State. Things are going good."

Ford, who runs a sub-4.5 forty, plays running back and safety for his high school, though college coaches are recruiting him to play defense.

"I have a nose for the football," Ford said. "I'm aggressive and explosive. I run to the ball and I make plays. I'm a playmaker. Even though I play offense, defense is where I want to play."

Ford lists NC State, Boston College, Louisville, Kentucky, Auburn and Wake Forest as his Top 6 schools. Who does the 6-foot-0, 205-pound standout think is close to offering?

"Louisville, Wake Forest, a couple of small D-1 schools like Middle Tennessee and Louisiana Tech," Ford said.

As for Louisville, Ford has strong interest in the Cardinals.

"I like their stadium and the atmosphere," Ford said. "There's just something about Louisville that I like. They've been playing good and their always a good team even though they're having a bad year. They take people to the league and that's where I'm trying to get. They have good players and they help them get better. That's what I like about Louisville."


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