Ward Gets Updated at Camp

Chuck Pagano invited Justin Ward to North Carolina's one-day camp in early June. However, a scheduling conflicted prevented him from making that camp. Instead, Ward attended a portion of UNC's three-day camp held last week.

"I loved it," said Ward. "Coach [Sam] Pittman, he's a character and he's a real great guy. I had a great time at the camp. It was a real fun time getting to see the campus."

Ward, a 6-foot-4 290-pound offensive tackle from Wentworth (N.C.) Rockingham Co., attended Friday's first two sessions and worked out exclusively with Pittman, UNC's offensive line coach.

"I love working with Coach Pittman," said Ward. "He goes through a lot of drills. I learned a lot of things like the square pull.

"He's also a great guy. He makes you feel comfortable. Going to these camps, sometimes the recruits feel a lot of pressure. But he makes you feel really relaxed. Being relaxed makes you do better."

In-between the morning and afternoon sessions, Ward was able to sit-down and have lunch one-on-one with Pittman.

"He said ‘Justin, your athleticism amazes me,'" said Ward. "He asked me if I play basketball. I said ‘Yes, sir.' He said ‘You're a great kid, your grades are good.'

"Then he said ‘I'm just going to be upfront with you. Right now we're only looking for tackles and we're looking for guys that are 6-5 ½ - 6-6.' He said ‘We haven't given out a whole lot of offers. We're just waiting to see what happens with those guys.' But he said ‘If some offers open up, you'll be one of the first guys that I offer.'

"That really made me happy, being a Carolina fan and everything."

The Saturday following his appearance at UNC's camp, Ward camped at Duke. He has also camped at East Carolina, Marshall, and Wake Forest.

Ward, who owns scholarship offers from Buffalo and Marshall, could be on the verge of a third offer.

"Wake [Forest] said they'd love to get my tape in," said Ward. "Coach ‘Mack' [Ray McCartney] said I impressed them in camp and after I get my tape in they're going to do one of two things – they're either going to say ‘We got to have this guy, let's go ahead an offer him;' or they're going to wait until my first tape of my senior season to make a final decision on me."

Amid a cluster of camps, Ward isn't thinking about favorites.

"I want to finish up June and get through the last few camps," said Ward. "And then review how each camp made me feel; review which schools have what I want to major in, the educational opportunity. Weigh those in and then go from there."

Ward will finish up his camping schedule with NC State and Virginia.

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