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Friday, January 20, 2012
Top 50 junior chooses Georgetown

By Mike Loveday

Charlie Ford, St. Ignatius
Charlie Ford from St. Ignatius (Calif.)
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St. Ignatius Prep (San Francisco, Calif.) junior Charlie Ford has given his verbal commitment to play men's lacrosse for Georgetown.

Ford is the No. 49 player on the ESPNHS Top 50 Junior list. The future Hoya plays long stick midfield for St. Ignatius. The junior led the defense with 40 ground balls and 27 takeaways last season.

ESPNHS: What other school’s did you consider?
Charlie Ford: "My top three schools in terms of mutual interest were Georgetown, Penn, and Dartmouth. Other schools I was interested in were Michigan, Virginia and Princeton."

ESPNHS: What made Georgetown such an attractive choice?
CF: "Georgetown's academic and athletic reputation made it stand out to me above all. What sold me on the school was the coaching staff and players. I also love the location in D.C. I have always wanted to go
to a city school. Georgetown's campus feels secluded, yet you're on the streets of the nation's Capitol within steps off campus."

ESPNHS: What surprised you about the recruiting process?
CF: "How early and how intensively the process starts, requiring you to stay on top of academics, sports and communications with college coaches all at once."

ESPNHS: What was the most important question you asked college coaches during
the process?
CF: "What is your coaching philosophy and how do you see me fitting into this program? Asking this question got coaches to open up about their coaching style, and gave me a better idea of where I would fit into their team."

ESPNHS: What one piece of advice would you give to other players who are just starting on the recruiting process?
CF: "Try to enjoy it, even with all the stress involved. And remember that it is full of highs and lows but will work out if you stay on top of things."

ESPNHS: Is there anything about the recruiting process that you think could change that would have made it easier or less stressful for you?
CF: "I don't think much can be changed, the process is what it is. You just have to keep reminding yourself that it is all worth it.

E-mail lacrosse editor Mike Loveday at Michael.Loveday@espn.com with commitments. Follow ESPNHS Lacrosse on Twitter @ESPNMike.