Westbrook Christian's Ford signs with Birmingham Southern
Fri. April 19, 2013 at 11:03 p.m. | By Times Staff
Westbook Christian's Jonathan Ford, seated, signs a football scholarship with Birmingham Southern on Friday. Standing, from left, are Ford's sister Wells, his father Craig, his mother Gwen and Westbrook coach Tony Osborne. (Photo by Special To The Times)
RAINBOW CITY — Westbrook Christian’s Jonathan Ford signed Friday morning to play football for Birmingham-Southern College.
Ford played quarterback for the Warriors as a senior and before that was one of the team’s top linebackers.
“I’m very excited,” Ford said. “Birmingham Southern has been great to me. I’m glad I made the decision to go here. My family has been very supportive, my teammates have been very supportive, my coaches have been very supportive. I never would have been given this opportunity without the teammates and great players I had around me.”
The multi-sport star has lettered in football and basketball for four years. He’s also played baseball for three seasons and, as a sophomore, had a 23-2 mark for the tennis team. Ford boasts a 3.96 GPA and ranks near the top of his class. He’s the class vice president and also is a Beta Club and Key Club officer and is part of the Mu Alpha Theta Math Club.
Ford was very impressed with the school’s athletic and academic opportunities.
“I was very impressed with the new facilities and the great academic prestige of Birmingham Southern,” he said.
Ford chose the Panthers over several other options.
“A lot of the other schools in the same conference (had interest) and I was offered a lot of walk-on spots at some bigger schools as an athlete,” he said. “Because Birmingham Southern recruited me as an quarterback, that is one of the reasons I chose to go here. Besides it being my favorite, it was my family’s favorite. I’m looking forward to being a Panther next year.”