Versatile Ware Having a Busy Summer

LaManski Ware, a tight end and linebacker prospect from Lanett High School, talks with Inside the Auburn Tigers about summer camps and recruiting.

Lanett, Ala.--From just 30 minutes away in Lanett, Ala., LaManski Ware made the short journey down I-85 for a seven-on-seven passing camp and a senior camp in Auburn during the month of June. The tight end and linebacker prospect showed off his athleticism and versatility in both camps and says he came away as a better football player.

"I liked everything," Ware explains. "I had a lot of fun, met a lot of good people, had a lot of good competition and enjoyed talking to the coaches. I just had a blast.

"I worked with (tight ends) Coach (Steve) Ensminger and I worked with (linebackers) Coach (James) Willis for a while," he adds. "From Coach Ensminger I learned how to thread my opponents and how to thread the area. I think that's going to be a big help in me trying to get off blocks this year. From Coach Willis I learned how to stay on my toes.

"I haven't had a chance to go to any more camps. I'm considering the Tuscaloosa camp and the Jacksonville State camp on July 23 or 24." Auburn is having another senior camp on July 14 with many of the top prospects from around the Southeast, but Ware isn't sure if he'll be able to make it. "That's our family reunion date," he notes. "I don't know about it. I'm going to try my hardest to make it though."

Ware has an offer from Jacksonville State and is expecting one from Alabama State in the near future. However, with more strong camp showings and a solid senior season he's sure to start getting offers from Division I schools.

"I'm hearing from Auburn, Vanderbilt, Jacksonville State, Middle Tennessee and Southern Miss the most," Ware notes. "Minnesota, UAB, Alabama, Yale and Dartmouth are also recruiting me."

Currently at 6-2, 199, but with the frame to add weight if he desires, his versatility could be his ticket to college. "A couple of them like UAB and Vanderbilt are looking at me to play H-Back/tight end/receiver," Ware says. "Minnesota and Auburn are looking at me at linebacker. It doesn't matter to me. Whatever--I just want to play.

"I play the will (weakside linebacker) mostly," he adds. "I play defensive end some in games because I have a good pass rush coming off the edge. I also play some middle and the sam. It depends on how much weight I put on when I get to college and what system I'm in. A lot of schools say since I have good hands that they like me at H-back. I really don't know my projected position right now."

Spending a lot of time to get ready for his senior season, he dropped to 199 pounds, but hopes to get bigger for his final season at Lanett High School. "My senior year I'd like to be at 215," Ware says. "This summer I've been working on trying to get off blocks better at linebacker and at tight end I'm trying to work on my speed so I can get farther down the field."

Ware says his biggest asset, perhaps, is his football IQ.

"I'm smart so I can get to the ball quick," he explains. "I grew up playing football as a kid and I've got a couple of family members in the NFL. I've just been big on football all of my life. (NFL tight end) Marcus Pollard--that's my second cousin, but he's so close I just call him my uncle--and Josh Evans. He played at UAB and then for the Titans and Jets. He's on down the line, but we're good friends and I talk to him a lot."

Ware plans on majoring in sports management or marketing.


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