Tide Gets Defensive Back

Clarence Ward of Pensacola High School is one of the top defensive backs in the country. Monday night, the four star defensive back made a verbal commitment to Alabama. He is the 23rd commitment of the year for the Crimson Tide football team.

Clarence Ward made his commitment to Alabama Coach Mike Shula. Pensacola Head Coach Mike Bennett said Tuesday morning that, "Clarence committed last night about 7:30. He received a firm offer, last night from Coach Shula, and he went ahead and committed."

Ward, 5-11, 175, had a few reasons for making his commitment to the Tide.

Bennett said, "We have been talking about it for a while now. Alabama is the place he wanted to go. Coach Shula came by the school and really impressed him. Clarence also talked to Keith Brown about going to Alabama. He was very impressed with what Keith had to say."

Bennett believes Alabama is getting an outstanding football player.

"He played cornerback and safety for us this year," the coach said. "He is a great tackler and a really good cover corner. He is an outstanding young man and a great student. He is already fully qualified." Ward has been clocked at 4.65 in the 40-yard dash.

Ward transferred from La Marque (Texas) High School to Pensacola. Ward was able to come in and have a very productive year for Coach Bennett's team.

"Clarence transferred during the middle of the year and was able to play in eight games," Bennett said. "He played in four regular season games and four play-off games. He recorded 61 tackles, three interceptions, and returned one kick off for a touchdown. Last weekend, he played in an all-star game, where he had two interceptions, returning one for a touchdown. He was named Defensive MVP. He is going to play in the Florida-California All-Star game in Miami at the Orange Bowl, January 2," said Bennett.

Ward was heavily recruited by Florida State, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, Troy, and Central Florida. Ward had originally committed to LSU, but de-committed when he transferred to Pensacola.

Ward will make his official visit to Alabama on January 7th or 14th.

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