Miami’s Northwestern High School is home to one of the Sunshine State’s rising prospects in defensive back Trevor Ford.
Ford (6-1, 187, 4.4) has drawn more than 15 scholarship offers to date, including Miami, Florida State, Florida, Ohio State, Alabama, Maryland, Kansas State, Georgia Tech, Pittsburgh and Oregon.
“Things started blowing up around spring,” he said. “They all came all of the sudden. After track season ended and I got back on the football field, a lot of coaches came by here to see me practice. That’s when they all started offering. It’s been pretty wild.”
If Ford sounds a little taken aback by the process, it’s easy to understand why. He says he’s a newcomer to the game, having played only two years of organized football and one year at the varsity level.
“Last year was really my first year,” he said. “I feel like I’m still learning, getting better.”
As a junior, he recorded 75 tackles, 15 pass break-ups and three interceptions.
Ford recently attended the Miami summer camp and found himself matched up against some of the nation’s elite wideouts in Early Doucet, Cameron Colvin and Lavelle Hawkins.
“I heard a lot about them, but I felt like I was right there with them,” he said. “Everybody told me what a good job I did and how good those guys I was covering were.”
Those kind of cover skills – not to mention speed that has been timed at 4.33 and under on three occasions -- will make Ford a hot commodity in the Class of 2004. So who owns the upper hand in his recruitment?
“No one school right now,” he said, “but I do like Miami, Ohio State and Florida State the most.
“Miami because they’re right here at home and they’re always so good. Plus, one of my close friends, Tavares Gooden, is down there.
“Ohio State is a great program, too. It was fun to watch them and Miami go at it last year (in the national championship game). They’ve always got a lot of good players there, just like Miami.
“I like Florida State and the atmosphere up there. I know some people up there, too.”
Ford doesn’t have a timetable for a decision. He says he will likely take a few official visits before reaching a decision.