Arkansas now has a wideout and a big-time offensive lineman to block for him in fold for 2012.
Pottsville tackle Jeremy Ward (6-4, 275) – expected to play guard or center in college – committed to the Razorbacks on Friday morning, a day after Warren wide receiver Jalen Cobb (6-1, 180) came on board.
"It's awesome," Ward said. "I have developed a close relationship with (Arkansas recruiting coordinator) Coach (Tim) Horton, love what (Arkansas offensive line) Coach (Chris) Klenakis does with his guys and just grew up loving the Razorbacks. It's the right fit for me and also my family, who will only have to drive an hour-and-a-half to two hours to see me play."
Ward received scholarship offers from both Arkansas and Ole Miss this week and was likely going to have them from Alabama, Auburn and Nebraska – where he had already visited – if he had waited on committing.
"No use to wait," Ward said. "I want to be Razorback. That's pretty much it."
He was supposed to make an unofficial visit to Fayetteville on Saturday, but the weather has postponed his trip to the land of the Hogs until March 5th.
That really wasn't need to make his decision anyway because he has been on the campus several times and took in Arkansas' games against Alabama and UTEP in Fayetteville this season in addition to the Razorbacks' one with Louisiana-Monroe in Little Rock.
"I really like what Coach Klenakis does as far as pulling his guards and centers," Ward said. "Our school pulls its tackles, which is where I play now, so I am used to that and will be ready to handle that."
Ward will certainly be moving from one philosophy to another since Pottsville is a run-oriented offense and Arkansas loves to fling the pigskin around.
"Here at Pottsville we play the Dead-T, which means we throw it about two times a game," Ward said. "But that's okay because college offensive line coaches have told me that like to have a guy that can run block and a clean slate so they can teach him the proper way to pass block and not have to break any bad habits."
While he is one of the biggest players on the field right now, Ward knows he is headed into a different world when it comes to college.
"I know the tackles are 6-6 in college and I'm just a little old 6-4," Ward joked. "I'll get up there, work hard and be ready to go hard at those big SEC defensive tackles. I am really looking forward to being a Razorback."
Byran Rust, Ward's coach, was quoted as saying that Ward is something special.
"Jeremy is a special player," Rust told Scout.com. " In the 12 total years that I have been coaching and after having played at a small, successful college I've never been around another offensive lineman like him.
"Jeremy is just great at putting his hand in the dirt and coming forward," Rust added. "He really fires off of the ball. You don't find a guy with his athleticism and his size very often. He is a special combination of size and athleticism."
Rust said that Arkansas is getting a great player and a great kid.
"With Jeremy there are no character issues," Rust said. "He has good grades and also has a good work ethic. He really is a good kid; a cool kid. He's just a really likeable individual."
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