Ward talks recruiting

BallStateInsider.com caught up with the 2008 prospect from Rockingham County to check in on how his senior season is progressing and how his recruiting is shaping up.

At 6-5 and 295 with good athletic talent, it is easy to understand why teams are lining up for the services of Justin Ward. The Rockingham County senior OL is currently touting 3 offers from major college football programs.

Despite starting the season 2-2 (after a win this past Friday night), Ward is still working hard and improving each day, as are his teammates.

"Individually, I have really improved on my pass blocking since my junior season," Ward said. "Right now I am a leader on the offensive and defensive line. We have been moving around a few people on the offensive line. When we find some consistency, I believe we will start to improve."

Ward's improvement on the field has raised eyebrows among college coaches, to the tune of senior already having 3 offers.

"Right now I have offers from Marshall, Buffalo," Ward said. "Coach (Dennis) Moynihan from Ball State called me the other night and told me to consider myself having an offer from Ball State verbally."

And what does the lineman think about the Cardinals?

"Ball State is a school I am interested in, although I have not been able to visit their campus and see their atmosphere," Ward said. "I do receive mail from them on a very regular basis. I just received their media guide in the mail last week. Ball State has started off looking strong this year."

And what would Ward be looking for in a college?

"Definetly the football program will way heavy in my decision on where to go to school, but I don't believe that it is the biggest factor I will consider," he said. "The most important thing is the education in which you are able to receive from that school and making sure the school is going to be able to prepare you to be successful in life."

As for a top 5?

"Right now, to give you a top 5 would be hard," Ward states. "But going with interest and since I have offers from them, I would consider Buffalo, Marsh and Ball State to be among th top 5 with some ACC school staying in contact with me rounding out the rest. Although, if other schools wer to offer . . . depending on who . . . my top 5 very well could change."

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