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5 months ago by Dave McKenzie

Geogia Bulldogs It Is!

(Photo: Byron Hetzler, The Southern)

Carterville Lions 6'7 tight end Luke Ford made his decision on which college he would attend and play football for next season and the Georgia Bulldogs are the winners of the Luke Ford Lottery.

Thursday afternoon at a press conference at CHS, Luke, who was surrounded by friends, coaches and his family as he announced that he was choosing to join the current #1 team in the country.  

Luke was one of the most highly recruited players in recent memory from the Southern Illinois area, and had received offers from over thirty schools and had recently narrowed the field down to five including Alabama, Texas A&M, Auburn, Illinois and Georgia. 

Photo: Byron Hetzler, The Southern

After voicing his choice of schools, Luke signed his national letter of intent, that was immediately faxed to Georgia head coach Kirby Smart and the Bulldogs athletic office.

Luke, who was number 63 in the ESPN 300 listing of top recruits in the country and was the number two tight end in the country.  The Georgia Bulldogs, who had already been recognized as having the #1 recruiting class this year, were able to add to that group with the signing.

I had the chance to talk to Luke and get his thoughts on the signing.


Carterville football head coach Dennis Drust said he was very proud of Luke and that he has the tools that these schools are looking for.

Carterville Athletic Director Brett Diel said was exciting to see the process of a highly sought after recruit

There is not much time for Luke and his family to relax, as on January 6th Ford will be playing the U.S. Army All-American Bowl at the San Antonio AlamoDome.  The game will be broadcast on NBC starting at noon central time.

Congratulations to Luke and his family, Tim, Lisa and Noah.

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