RECRUITING: LSU commit looking at Oklahoma

LaMarque, Texas defensive back and LSU verbal Clarence Ward talks about his commitment to the Tigers and his interest in Oklahoma.


Clarence Ward likes to think of himself as a cornerback or a do-it-all type of defensive back, but most college recruiters like him as a free safety or strong safety.

Ward goes into his senior season as a three-year starter playing strong safety last year and free safety this season, but says he covers man-to-man a bunch in the secondary. Ward finished last year with 108 tackles, six interceptions and three forced fumbles.

"I am still learning the game in my opinion," said Ward. "I think I am going to be better the more that I study the game."

Ward can bench 250 pounds, squats 500 and he has posted a 35-inch vertical jump. Ward runs track (4X200, 4X400 and 400M/49.0) and he attended the LSU camp in early June. Ward has been offered by Florida, Texas A&M, LSU, Missouri, Arizona and Oklahoma.

"I am committed to LSU right now," said Ward. "But I am still looking at LSU, UCLA and Oklahoma. There is still a chance that I am going to visit Oklahoma. Oklahoma has a good tradition just like LSU, so I feel I should check them out.

"I want to go to a school where I can get a good education and I can do that at both. I want to go to a school where I can play early as a freshman and that is important to me. I still want to look into some schools and Oklahoma is one of them."

Ward is qualified.

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