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Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Ford learns about two-sport possibilities

By Corey Dowlar

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Isaiah Ford (Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian) is yet another junior from the Jacksonville area with which Florida State is trying to make early inroads.

The 6-foot-1, 160-pound receiver already has an offer, but went to Florida State for junior day to meet with the coaches, particularly head coach Jimbo Fisher.

Maybe the biggest topic of discussion was surrounding Ford's desire to play two sports.

"I talked to Coach Jimbo about some things, like academics, practices and I also talked to him about playing two sports because I want to play basketball and football, as well," Ford said. "He said he doesn't have a problem with that at all."

Ford's position coach at Florida State, should he go there, would be Lawrence Dawsey. The veteran assistant has recruited the Jacksonville area for a while now, so the two have gotten to know each other.

"We talked about route trees, well, they don't really have a route tree,” said Ford of his conversations for Dawsey. “It is all concepts and stuff and they like to throw the ball around."

The player panel, the favorite part for the majority of visitors, was Ford's, too. Several well-known players came in and honestly answered whatever questions they had.

What stuck out to Ford was the players insisting that the next level is full of players just like them.

"Mario Edwards came in there, Devonta Freeman and Karlos Williams,” Ford said. “They talked to us about the transition from high school to college and how everyone is good in college. You have to come to work from the first day."

Ford said he also plans on taking a junior day visit to South Carolina.