Fayetteville (Ga.) Starrs Mill kicker Chris Ward committed to NC State over the summer and has not even thought about changing his mind since. Early on, the Pack targeted the punter spot as a position of need for the class of 2008. Ward attended the Wolfpack’s summer camp and was easily one of the top punters in attendance getting great distance, hang time and placement on the majority of his kicks. The strong-legged prospect attended NC State's game against Boston College a couple of weeks ago and spoke with Pack Pride about how it went.
Before committing to the Pack, Ward received interest from Georgia, Georgia Tech and others. While he said not every school has backed off, he has not been responding to their letters of interest.
"It was just an unofficial visit for the Boston College game but it went really well," he said. "I had a great time. Unfortunately they lost in the last 30 seconds, but they treated me very well.
"I got to go eat with all the recruits then we went to the Walk of Champions. They had a speaker come talk to all of the recruits about getting an NC State education. Then we watched the game and obviously that was the best part of the trip. After the game I met the players and coaches in the locker room. I mainly talked to Coach (Jerry) Petercuskie and the long snapper."
Have the coaches talked to Ward about their expectations for him upon his arrival on campus next year?
"Not really," he said. "They told me I could come into camp and compete for a chance to play. I think I'm just going to be punting for them but I'm not sure when I'll get a chance to play."
On the year Starrs Hill has struggled mightily, posting an 0-6 record. Ward has connected on two of his four field goal attempts and said he has punted the ball well. He showed off his excellent leg strength in their last game.
"Last game I had a punt that was 77 yards. We were at our 15-yard line and I was standing on our goal line. I hit it to about their 10-yard line. That was a highlight of the season for me."
As a junior, Ward averaged nearly 42 yards per punt en route to all-county and all-region honors.