Franklin WR Drelyn Ford (HUDL Photo)
Two-sport star Drelyn Ford will focus on football
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
Old Dominion gained the second commitment of their 2019 recruiting class when Franklin wide receiver Drelyn Ford verbally committed on Thursday.
Franklin High School competes at the Class 1 level in the VHSL, but the Broncos have consistent churned out winning teams that play smash mouth football. At 6-5 and 205 pounds, Drelyn Ford is more of a graceful, finesse-type of receiver. He’s also not afraid to lay down a well-timed block or leap after a ball when he has to use his height and range to his advantage.
For Old Dominion, Ford is a great find, just about an hour west of the school’s Norfolk campus, yet still in the 757.
ODU Assistant Coach Kermit Buggs (Safeties/Recruiting Coordinator) has deep ties in Western Tidewater, and he has long kept tabs on the schools in that neck of the woods.
Buggs graduated from Kecoughtan and played his college ball at Norfolk State. His coaching career began as the head coach of Surry County High School where his team rolled to a 14-0 record and state championship in his first season. For that achievement, Buggs was named the Region A Coach and VHSCA Coach of the Year for the 1999 season.
Ford’s athleticism makes him a potential wide receiver or tight end in the Monarchs’ offense, or he could flip to the defensive side of the ball at the college level as a rangy safety.
In his junior season, Ford was a Class 1 Second Team All-State selection at defensive end, and he was also a Second Team All-State pick for basketball.
Manchester WR/FS Alston Robinson committed to Old Dominion in February.
– Andy Hilton