Checking out Lincoln

There are some junior colleges that have a history, and more of a recent history, with Nebraska. One junior college is San Francisco (Calif.) City College. Over the past decade or so there has been Maurice Purify, Zac Lee and most recently DeJon Gomes who have come to Nebraska from C.C.S.F. Could a linebacker be following in their footsteps?

Tyrone Ward is a player that has already visited Nebraska, but he did so out of high school when he played running back. Ward is back on campus today in Lincoln as a junior college linebacker from San Francisco (Calif.) City College. Coach Lance Mitchell, the linebackers coach at C.C.S.F. verified Ward was in Lincoln today.

"I know that he's there (in Lincoln)," Coach Lance Mitchell said. "He's checking them out on his own dime, but I know before from the past conversations with Head Coach Bo Pelini that Nebraska is interested in Ward."

Coach Bo and Coach Mitchell go back. In fact, Mitchell played for Coach Pelini at Oklahoma when Bo was the defensive coordinator in Norman. He says that Ward has what it takes to play at Nebraska and says that he's exactly the type of player that would succeed for Coach Bo.

"He's physical, he has speed, ran track actually, and he will get in there and hit you. I played for Bo at Oklahoma and he fits what Bo needs you to do as a linebacker. He's a plugger and can cover. He's very athletic.

"He has the ability to play at Nebraska, that's for sure. He would fit in well there with the style of ball, coaching and conference. He's eager to learn. You have to remember that Tyrone played running back in high school and was moved to linebacker in junior college."

Ward is a 6-foot-2 and 225-pound outside linebacker prospect that will have three years to play two at a four year school. Coach Mitchell also mentioned that Ward will be able to transfer in December.

Bryan Munson has worked with Big Red Report for nine years covering recruiting and football and has covered Nebraska recruiting for 11 years. His work can also be seen in's SuperPrep Magazine.
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