ACC All Access: Virginia Tech finally gets its class of 2014 quarterback commitment from Andrew Ford

After missing out Friday on arguably its three biggest quarterback targets for the class of 2014, Virginia Tech bounced back two days later to finally nail down its quarterback pledge.

Andrew Ford, a 6-foot-3, 189-pound senior from Cedar Cliff High in Camp Hill, Pa., committed Sunday to Tech. Ford confirmed his commitment via a Sunday afternoon message posted on his Twitter account (@Andrew_Ford7):

"After much thought and many prayers, I am proud to announce I will be continuing my academics and athletics at Virginia Tech."

He also has scholarship offers from Virginia, Temple, Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Boston College, Vanderbilt and Massachusetts, according to Ford is considered by most recruiting analysts to be among the nation's top 40 quarterback prospects in the '14 class.

He's one of 18 quarterbacks that have been chosen for or earned a spot in the Elite 11 camp, which is arguably the most prestigious quarterback camp in the country for high school players.

Tech made offers to quarterbacks David Cornwell of Norman, Okla., Jacob Park of Goose Creek, S.C. and Zack Darlington from Apopka, Fla. All three players are considered by most analysts to be among the nation's top 35 quarterbacks in the '13 class, and all three committed Friday to schools other than Tech.


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Cornwell committed to Alabama, while Park pledged to Georgia and Darlington gave his word to Nebraska. Tech offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler recruited Cornwell, Park and Darlington. Loeffler was also responsible for Tech's recruitment of Ford.

Tech also couldn't pick up quarterback Mason Rudolph of Rock Hill, S.C., who committed June 5 to Oklahoma State. In April, Tech failed to get pledges from two other quarterbacks it offered - William Crest of Baltimore, Md., who committed to West Virginia, and William Ulmer of Washington, D.C., who committed to Maryland. Loeffler was in on the recruitment of Rudolph, Crest and Ulmer.

Travon McMillian, a senior from C.D. Hylton High in Woodbridge who committed to Tech in April for the '14 class, will likely get a shot to play quarterback in college, but he may ultimately end up at another position.

Ford is the 10th commitment for Tech's '14 class, and the third from outside the state of Virginia. Feb. 5 will be the first day recruits can sign a letter of intent.


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