FRANKLIN (WAVY) – With his family and some of his teammates on stage, and friends applauding in the audience, Drelyn Ford put the pen to the paper, and signed his national letter of intent on Wednesday.
His pen might’ve carried a little more weight, not only for his school, but for his small community. Representing a school of around 280 students, the Franklin High School receiver and tight end is believed to be the first in school history to receive a full scholarship to a major Division I program, signing with Wake Forest University.
“It’s big for Franklin,” said head coach Karl Robertson.
The two-sport athlete plays in Class 1, the lowest level of competition in Virginia, and still earned second-team All-State honors. His scholarship is worth around $400,000. “It just means a lot,” said Ford. “Basically everything I do is for Franklin because of where I came from.”