Ward Talks Sooners

The Sooners pulled down yet another surprise commitment when Rider High wide receiver Eric Ward snagged an offer and subsequently made a commitment on Saturday at the spring scrimmage. Sooners Illustrated caught up with Ward to get his latest feelings on his decision.

Instead of doing a lot of interviews Eric Ward, a 6-foot-0, 180-pound wide receiver from Rider High in Wichita Falls, Texas prefers to let his play in the field do the talking for him.

Many have called him a burner that is a real playmaker when he gets his hands on the ball, but Ward admits that one of his strongest assets is his toughness.

"I am a tough and physical type of receiver," Ward said of his talents.

"We actually used Ward as defensive end back when he was coming," a source who used to coach Ward back in his early high school days explained.

"He is just that tough. He was a terror coming off of the edge. It was a little surprising to me that he ended up playing receiver, because he has a defensive mentality. He is a guy who would be just as happy getting down field and laying some one out blocking."

Ward will get some opportunities to use his skills on the defensive side of the ball for Rider next season as well.

"I am going to play safety," Ward said. "I used to play all over the field. I played quarterback, running back, and defensive end. I played all of them."

Ward joked that the amount of good looking girls at OU played a role in his decision making process before going on to admit that he felt really comfortable with new receivers coach Jay Norvell.

"It was a good time," Ward said of his trip to Norman. "It was a relief in a way. People keep calling me, it has been a relief in a way though."

"He (Coach Norvell) was like family to me. It felt like I know him. He was telling me everything that I wanted to hear. He is like a family man"

Ward, who said that the Sooner staff plans to utilize his skills in the slot, explained that he was also wowed by the campus.

"It was nice," Ward said of his impressions of Norman and the campus. "I liked it. I liked the all of the facilities and the field."

Besides Oklahoma Ward has also received offers from schools like Arizona, Tulsa, Kansas, Texas A&M, and Oklahoma State.

Last season his teammate Markelle Martin made commitments to A&M and OU before ultimately settling on OSU in the end, but Ward says that he is not that interested in even taking a look at any other programs now that his commitment is out of the way.

"I am staying with OU," Ward stated.

Ward earned All-District honors as a junior in 2007 and has been recognized as one of the top 300 players in the country by Scout.com.

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