JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Sophomore wide receiver Isaiah Ford from Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian has already received a pair of offers from SEC schools - South Carolina and Vanderbilt.
"It is really exciting for me," Ford said of the early offers. "I am really happy about it.
"The more important thing for me though is to stay humble and keep working hard," Ford added. "I know that I have to do that to earn more offers."
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With regards to the Gamecocks, the 6-foot-2, 165-pound wide receiver is dealing with a familiar face around the Jacksonville-area.
"I have dealt with Coach (Steve) Spurrier Jr. at South Carolina," Ford said. "When we have talked he just told me to just keep going hard, working at it, and staying humble. He also said to keep in contact with him and to stay in touch."
A new addition to the staff at Vanderbilt is his primary recruiter for the Commodores.
"Coach (Josh) Gattis from Vanderbilt," Ford said. "The first time I spoke to him was (on Monday). He told me that they really like me and to just keep working hard. Pretty much the same thing that I heard from South Carolina."
Ford has yet to visit any schools. He mentioned an interest in checking out Clemson, Florida, Florida State, South Carolina, and Vanderbilt during the summer. He reports interest from all five of those schools, as well as Alabama.
Trinity Christian has a long history of producing Division I talent, so Ford has picked up some pointers on how to handle selecting his future home.
"All of the schools are going to be good, but I have learned to look at that school and see what you really like better than the other schools," Ford said. "That is the best way to make a decision.
"I want a school that is going to care about me off the field as well as on the field," Ford added. "I also want a place where I can compete for a starting job right away."
At this stage of the process, the rising junior doesn't claim a leader or have any kind of decision timetable.
"It is too early," Ford said. "I don't know when I may make a decision."
In addition to being a standout on the football field, Ford also excels on the basketball court.