OL Justin Ward from Rockingham (NC) County High School has landed early scholarship offers from Marshall and Buffalo. However, the 6-4, 290 pound lineman hit the camp circuit hard over the last couple of months in the hopes of picking up even more.
After completing a whirlwind tour of camps that included stops at Marshall, Wake Forest, East Carolina, UNC, Duke, Virginia and NC State, Ward now has his sights set on preparing for the upcoming season. Pack Pride caught up with the rising senior to talk about a few of his trips.
"The NC State camp went well," said Ward. "We worked with all the coaches and I got to work with coach Horton. Every time I've seen him he's just proven to be a humble, down to earth guy. He's a great coach and he was showing us some of the things they'll be working with their offensive line on. There was about four of us that got to work out with coach Horton individually and he told me I did well. He said they're going to evaluate me and go from there."
Ward said the team that appeared closest to offering after camp was UNC. They indicated that should an offer become available, he could be in line to get it.
"Coach Pittman told me they're in a tackle slump right now," said Ward. "He told me that if I came there to raise my stock, then I did. He said before the camp I was probably coming there to impress them but after the camp, they'd be seeking me out. He just let me know they're tight on scholarships but if one becomes available, they'll be in touch."
As he waits to see whether any additional offers will swing his way, Ward continues to shy away from naming any particular favorites.
"It would be nice to pick up a couple more offers and then maybe I can narrow my list down to a few favorites," he said. "But right now I just want to see how everything goes. I'd say I'm still open to everyone."
Ward is rated the No. 36 prospect in North Carolina by Pack Pride.