Ward Has Many Options

Now holding a list of offers, Providence Catholic (IL) lineman Ryan Ward has a lot to evaluate. Where does Northwestern fit into the mix?

Providence Catholic High School lineman Ryan Ward has had plenty of opportunity to gain insight into Northwestern football. The 6'6", 270-pound offensive lineman is younger brother of Patrick Ward, a junior lineman at NU. Despite this, Ward insists that his brothers' presence at Northwestern will not sway his decision.

"I know the program pretty well because my brother goes there," Ward said. "It's a positive, but just because he goes there doesn't mean I will. I'm my own person, me and my brother are very different."

Beyond his brother playing football at Northwestern, Ward has had several months to get to know the program after receiving his offer. NU was the first school to offer Ward a scholarship back in October.

"First offer, it's always really exciting," Ward said. "It's one of those things you can't really describe in words. Exciting is an understatement."

While getting to know Northwestern, Ward has had ample time to get to know head coach Pat Fitzgerald. According to Ward, a good coach and a good relationship with that coach are among the most important factors in choosing a school.

"I've gotten to know Fitz and offensive line coach [Adam Cushing] pretty well, so I feel like we have a good relationship right now," Ward said. "Coach Fitzgerald is younger compared to most Big Ten coaches. He brings a lot of energy to every practice, he tries to make things fun but intense at the same time."

Along with Fitzgerald, Ward has gotten to know several other coaches during the recruiting process, including Mark Dantonio of Michigan State, Kirk Ferentz of Iowa, Jerry Kill of Minnesota, and Kevin Wilson of Indiana. Beyond that, Ward has offers from Illinois, Boston College, Vanderbilt, and Western Michigan.

Ward played a pro style offense in high school, which requires a different blocking style than the spread offense at Northwestern. Despite this, Ward is confident in his abilities regardless of the style of offense at the school he chooses.

"I feel like I'm a versatile enough player that I can have success no matter where I end up playing," he said.


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\"I know the program pretty well because my brother goes there,\" Ward said. \"It's a positive, but just because he goes there doesn't mean I will. I'm my own person, me and my brother are very different.\"

Beyond his brother playing football at Northwestern, Ward has had several months to get to know the program after receiving his offer. NU was the first school to offer Ward a scholarship back in October.

\"First offer, it's always really exciting,\" Ward said. \"It's one of those things you can't really describe in words. Exciting is an understatement.\"

While getting to know Northwestern, Ward has had ample time to get to know head coach Pat Fitzgerald. According to Ward, a good coach and a good relationship with that coach are among the most important factors in choosing a school.

\"I've gotten to know Fitz and offensive line coach [Adam Cushing] pretty well, so I feel like we have a good relationship right now,\" Ward said. \"Coach Fitzgerald is younger compared to most Big Ten coaches. He brings a lot of energy to every practice, he tries to make things fun but intense at the same time.\"

Along with Fitzgerald, Ward has gotten to know several other coaches during the recruiting process, including Mark Dantonio of Michigan State, Kirk Ferentz of Iowa, Jerry Kill of Minnesota, and Kevin Wilson of Indiana. Beyond that, Ward has offers from Illinois, Boston College, Vanderbilt, and Western Michigan.

Ward played a pro style offense in high school, which requires a different blocking style than the spread offense at Northwestern. Despite this, Ward is confident in his abilities regardless of the style of offense at the school he chooses.

\"I feel like I'm a versatile enough player that I can have success no matter where I end up playing,\" he said.

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