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Transfers, early enrollees highlight class

Of all the high school recruits coach Jim Leavitt picked up during the season, and all the transfers from either junior colleges or prep schools to get their grades up, there is one future USF player who stands out from the rest.

Running back Mike Ford.

Ford, who originally committed to Alabama out of high school in 2005, failed to qualify academically for the Crimson Tide and spent a year at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va. and another year at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Mississippi to get his grades up.

Undoubtedly USF’s most decorated recruit to date, Ford was a five-star recruit his senior year at Sarasota-Riverview High.There, Ford led the state in rushing with 2,836 yards and 37 touchdowns and was teammates with Bulls receiver Amarri Jackson.

The two are cousins, and Ford has said Jackson was very influential in his decision to enroll at USF.

– Mike Camunas