High school sophomore commits to play with Lady Dogs

      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.

Erika Ford is a sophomore at Chattahoochee High School in Alpharetta. (hoochhoops.com)

Erika Ford, a 5-foot-9 shooting guard, is a sophomore at Chattahoochee High School in Alpharetta. (hoochhoops.com)

“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.

8 comments Add your comment

SEC fan

May 4th, 2009
11:47 pm

Why is this story on here twice Maxie?

AJC messing up big time!

May 5th, 2009
12:10 am

awesome, I was hoping to get the scoop on this kind of thing on ajc! Who says you have to pay for quality recruiting coverage? i checked Rivals.com and Espn,com and neither have the Ford story on there. Must not be in their database.

ballcoach10

May 5th, 2009
11:02 pm

Great job Erika and go Ga Elite!!!!!!!

Tyree

May 7th, 2009
10:09 am

This is a very good catch for Georgia and Andy Landers… She wants to be good, and it seems as though she has a tremendous work ethic. UGA had a very good recruiting class this year, and it looks like they will have a very good class in 2010 as well. Erika’s class is very loaded and she is ranked in every top 100 I have found on all the services, so for us to snag a top 50 reruit early is great. I think she’sll be top 20 in her class by her senior year.

dawgsfan

May 9th, 2009
11:31 pm

Way to go Erika! Coach Landers could recruit from the GA ELITE alone!!

gtforever

May 11th, 2009
7:40 am

Girls basketball, GA ELITE, good grief, don’t you dawg fans have anything better to do!!!! I’m sure the young lady is quite good at basketball, but give me a break…. Has Andy and the UGA crowd lost their marbles, let the girl get to her senior year and then recruit……

hoochbball

June 29th, 2009
5:29 am

well gtforever, she really is that good..so they wanted to make sure they get her..it makes sense

JazzFord

September 4th, 2010
3:31 pm

YAY! you go big sis! lol… she prob hates me now…