Pensacola Standout will Visit FSU this Weekend

One of the top athletes from the Florida Panhandle will visit <b>Florida State </b> this weekend when the Seminoles square off against the <b>Florida Gators </b> in their annual in-state showdown. There are false rumors being spread that the Seminoles have very little interest in the Pensacola standout. Tigers' head coach <b>Mike Bennett </b> sets the record straight for The Territory.

Once again, TheTerritory needs to clarify bogus information being spread by a competing fan site. Warchant.com is reporting on their message board that the Florida State Seminoles have little interest in Clarence Ward, Scout.com's No. 5 rated defensive back in the country.

Ward, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound four-star safety, transferred from La Marque (TX) to Pensacola (Fla.) in the middle of the season due to personal reasons.

Warchant.com is also reporting Ward will most likely be headed to the JUCO ranks or prep school and won't be a part of the Seminole 2005 class.

"Mickey Andrews called today and invited him to the Florida game," Pensacola head coach Mike Bennett told The Territory.

"We'll be there on Saturday and we're bringing some senior tape. Mickey asked me how he's doing and I told him he's a model citizen. If had done anything to get in trouble with the law, he wouldn't be allowed in our school. His record was clean.

"I'll tell you this also. He's a heck of a player. I coached Kenny Ingram, J.R. Bryant and Trevor Ford in an All-Star game and he's as good as those guys.

"Also, I don't know where that JUCO stuff came from. Clarence is on track to qualify."


Ward and his Pensacola teammates will square off against nationally-acclaimed receiver Fred Rouse and Tallahassee Lincoln in the second round of the Class 4A playoffs on Friday night. Pensacola upended Lincoln earlier during the regular season.

Last year as a junior, Ward recorded 93 tackles, five interceptions and four fumble recoveries.


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