Just to add to the Ford discussion, I found these comments about him from his prep school coach. It should be noted that Hargrave Academy has many alumni in the NFL:
FORK UNION MILITARY ACADEMY football coach John Shuman says he has an appointment Monday at 10 a.m., with Virginia coach Al Groh, who will take advantage of an open date to meet with FUMA wide receiver Jacoby Ford.
Shuman said that Ford “is probably our best prospect ever. Ever. This young man, Jacoby Ford, is the fastest human being I’ve seen here in 25 years. We’ve just gone through four weeks of the hardest-hitting teams we play and this kid came out with 12 touchdowns – any and every way possible.”
Ford, from Cardinal Newman High School in West Palm Beach, Fla., is the younger brother of former Florida State running back Davy Ford. When Davy Ford was working out with Dallas, Cowboys’ linebacker Dexter Coakley, a Fork Union alumnus, recommended that he send younger brother to FUMA.
When Jacoby Ford went to Fork Union for a combine in May, he was timed in 4.19 seconds for 40 yards. Virginia assistants Danny Rocco and John Garrett were on hand for the workout and offered Ford on the spot.
I can tell you that Clemson coaches were on hand as well when Ford ran that famous 40 time, as were a bunch of other coaches. His recruiter at Clemson said that all of the coaches thought they had mistimed him individually until they started comparing notes and realized that they all had about the same number on their clocks. None of them had ever timed anyone that fast before.