Lithonia High School standout Elton Ford is headed to the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The two-star prospect gave a verbal commitment to NC State special teams coach Jerry Petercuskie while the Wolfpack assistant was visiting with Ford and his mother in his Alpharetta home Wednesday.
"When I told coach Petercuskie, he was really excited and said that he believed I would have a great career at NC State," Ford told PackPride.com's Steve Williams.
Ford becomes the fourth high school prospect from the state of Georgia to commit to NC State's 2008 class. He joins fullback Colby Jackson (Trinity Christian), safety Roy Mangram (Glynn Academy) and offensive lineman Zach Allen (Tift County) as Peach State natives that will make the move to Raleigh, NC for their respective college careers.
Ford, who stands 6 feet tall and 200 pounds, played middle linebacker for Lithonia but projects as a safety at the next level.
For Ford, Wednesday's decision to turn down scholarship offers from Western Michigan and Middle Tennessee State came down to his comfort level with NC State.
"The main thing was the coaching staff," Ford said in the same interview with Williams from PackPride.com. "I'm going to be with them for a long time. Plus, I got to know (defensive backs coach Mike) Reed and he showed me some of the techniques and things and I just knew that's where I wanted to play."
Lithonia High Standout Headed to NC State
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