"March 5, I'll be there," Ford said last Saturday at the Elite QB Academy at Carson High, where the 5-foot-10 defensive back more than held his own against receiver Darreus Rogers, a USC verbal commitment.
Respected City Section coach Elijah Asante, who organized the camp, was quick to point out that Ford started two years on the varsity at Los Angeles Jordan, intercepting then-Mater Dei quarterback Matt Barkley in his first-ever high school game as a ninth grader.
Ford and defensive back Patrick Wooten transferred to Serra in 2010 after Asante accepted the job at Carson, immediately contributing to a team loaded with top recruits, most notably USC-bound receivers George Farmer and Marqise Lee.
Playing with and against the future Trojans elevated Ford's play.
"George and Marqise, they're just fantastic," said Ford, who had five interceptions last season. "I liked going up against them because it made me better. They're D-1 players and I want to get to that level too."
Ford already sports an offer from Arizona State and is hearing from schools like Miami and Arizona.