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Byline: CHAD BROCKHOFF CORRESPONDENT
SARASOTA -- Of all the pitches they listened to from the various college football programs, it was the University of Alabama that told Mike Ford and his mother, Dondra Walker, what they wanted to hear.
Ford, a Sarasota High senior and the area's all-time leading rusher, announced Wednesday that he will sign a national letter of intent with the Crimson Tide on Feb. 2.
Alabama beat out South Carolina, Auburn, Michigan State, Eastern Michigan and Western Kentucky. Ford visited the Alabama campus the weekend of Jan. 8-9, but it was a prior home visit from Crimson Tide head coach Mike Shula and special teams/tight …