Born On The Bayou

North Florida Christian linebacker Cody Ledford (6'0, 205, 4.5) racked up nearly 180 tackles and 7 sacks during his junior campaign and is currently training like an Olympian to improve those numbers next season.

Cody Ledford

"I've been training every day since the end of my junior season," Ledford explained. "I've been working on my speed with an Olympic trainer and right now I am pretty consistent at running the 40 in 4.5 seconds. I maxed out in bench at 275 lbs., squat at 450 lbs., and I clean 300 lbs."

The talented linebacker's work ethic is starting to pay off because the junior student-athlete is already starting to receive senior like attention from major college football programs nation wide.

"I currently have 3 verbal offers from Vanderbilt, South Carolina and UCF, but nothing in writing as of yet," Ledford informed. "It's kind of nerve racking to not have anything in writing, but I try not to worry about the things that are out of my control.

"A coach from UCF stopped by my school today, but I didn't get to see him because we were in chapel at the time," Ledford added. "The coaches from Georgia also said they would be stopping by to talk to my coach soon as well."

The Tallahassee product may currently possess only three verbal offers, but that does not mean those are the only schools giving him a look.

"I receive letters from just about all of the schools in the South Eastern Conference (SEC) as well as other schools in the Southeast region of the country," said Ledford. "The school I've heard from that is furthest away is UCLA. I am not too worried about distance because it will not be an issue for me in my decision."

The last letter the talented ball-hawk received was from a place he is very familiar with. In fact, he spent a part of his childhood right down the road from where they pack the stadium on Saturday nights.

"Today I got a letter from LSU talking about their upcoming summer camp," Ledford stated. "I am excited about that. I grew up in Baton Rouge the first 8 years of my life, so I plan on making it to that summer camp if it fits in with my weight-lifting schedule.

"I like LSU a lot," Ledford added. "I like the way they use their linebackers and LSU is a team that plays with speed. I plan on playing either linebacker or safety at the next level and I think I could be a good fit at LSU. I also like coach [Les] Miles. He seems like a coach that knows what he is doing. I really can't think of anything bad to say about LSU."

Ledford admits that even though he has received verbal offers from a few programs and some attention from others he still does not have a leader.

"I am a really big fan of all of the teams in the SEC," Ledford stated. "I also like UCF a lot, but right now I am keeping things open. I am just hoping to be able to play college football somewhere."

Note: Ledford scored a 1060 on his SAT and is fully qualified to step up to the next level.

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