JACKSONVILLE - National Signing Day 2014 can't come fast enough for Isaiah Ford. The wide receiver from Trinity Christian is widely considered to be one of the top prospects in the area but he's still undecided on college.
"I'm just ready to get it over with," said Ford. "It was fun at first. But as you get older, it gets more and more stressful. Phone calls, text messages, they even call my mom. She's ready to get it over with as well. It's going to be a big relief when I get this over with."
Ford originally committed to Louisville last May. But when head coach Charlie Strong left the Cardinals for Texas, Ford re-opened his search.
"I remember waking up early that morning and seeing it on ESPN," said Ford. "And immediately my phone just kept ringing and kept ringing."
Ford must now decide between four schools: Louisville, Miami, Virginia Tech and Florida. But he must factor in his desire to play both football and basketball at the next level.
"It's not easy but I've been doing it since I was 5 years old so that's the only thing I know," said Ford. "During football season, I try to practice basketball as much as I can… probably three days out of the week during football season. Probably go about 3½ hours."
It's not often you see college athletes play both football and basketball since the two sports overlap a few months. So Ford called South Carolina wide receiver/guard Bruce Ellington for advice.
"One thing he told me is 'don't let anyone tell you that you can't play basketball and football because they told me the same thing and now I'm doing it,'" said Ford. "And to hear that from him who's actually done it at South Carolina. He was really good at both actually and that was really big for me."
Ford will make his decision on Wednesday at Trinity Christian.
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