Ware Commits To NC State

Linebacker John Ware has reached a decision. The Fort Lauderdale (FL) Cardinal Gibbons standout has verbaled to NC State.

"Coach Stroud came by today, and I gave a commitment," John Ware said. "When I committed he was excited about it.

"I'm ready to play for NC State. It's the place for me."

Ware visited NC State last weekend, as he was in Raleigh for the Wolfpack's 20-14 victory over Maryland.

"It was decent for the crowd that they had. Everybody wasn't there because students were gone for the holidays.

"It was an awesome game though. Their defense is unreal. I'd love to be a part of that. Actually, I am a part of that now. They fly to the ball, and I think I can help with that at linebacker."

Ware pointed out several reasons for verbaling to NC State over offers from Rutgers, Ole Miss, Iowa, Iowa State, and Wyoming among others.

"They were the best school that I liked," he said. "I thought it would be a good decision to go ahead and commit because that's where I wanted to go. My family is moving up there anyways so I know that would help them.

"My buddy Mike Greco is up there, and I think John Lubischer is going to end up there too. I talked with him today and told him I had committed. He's actually visiting there on December 9th."

Ware, who plays both running back and linebacker for Cardinal Gibbons, finished the season with more than 800 yards rushing and 200 yards receiving and 10 total touchdowns. Defensively, he totaled more than 65 tackles and a sack.

His versatility on the high school level is certainly a strength, as Ware is being recruited to play multiple positions in college. He will play linebacker at NC State.

"I will back up Stephen Tulloch at weakside linebacker, play all the special teams, and I think my sophomore year I could be starting," Ware said. "At least that's the idea now if I don't choose to redshirt."

Ware, who also received vists today from Alabama and Rutgers, said his family played a major role in his decision. They are moving to the Carolinas in the near future, and his parents had been hoping he would commit to the Wolfpack.

"They are happy with it," Ware said. "My dad has been wanting me to commit there for a long time. I'm just glad to hear him be quiet about it now."

The 5-foot-11, 215-pound athlete had already taken an official visit to Ole Miss. Although his commitment to NC State appears to be solid, Ware plans on taking two more official visits.

"I'm thinking about taking one to Colorado State," he said. "Lubischer has about the same offers as me so I think I may take that one with him. I may go to Rutgers too.

"I told the State coaches about it, and they said it was fine. They know where I stand, and I'm pretty sure I'm going to sign with them."

Coaching Quotable: "John is that kind of impact player. He reads plays so well because of his ability to play on the offensive side of the ball. That's a quality you just can't teach. Those are instincts that are acquired over time." -- Cardinal Gibbons linebacker coach Tyler Zionts

Video of John Ware in action

Scouting evaluation of John Ware by Florida analyst Larry Blustein

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