Erika Ford still has two years of high school remaining but already, she has committed to play college basketball at Georgia.
Ford, a sophomore at Chattahoochee High in north Fulton County, is believed to be the youngest player ever to commit to UGA’s women’s basketball program.
“I’ve always wanted to be a Bulldog,” Ford, 16, said Monday. “I wanted to go ahead and commit so my teammates and I could focus on having fun and playing basketball. I didn’t want to go through the [recruiting] process for two years.”
She plans to begin her UGA career in the 2011-12 season. Ford, a 5-foot-9 shooting guard, averaged 24 points, eight rebounds and three assists per game last season.
Chattahoochee coach Eric Herrick said Ford drew “a lot of interest” from ACC and SEC schools before making the non-binding verbal commitment to UGA on Friday.
Ford said Georgia offered her a scholarship in December. Per NCAA rules, Georgia coaches can’t comment on Ford until she signs a national letter of intent, which she isn’t eligible to do until November 2010.