Will Ward sign with Beavs as grayshirt?

TERRON WARD WAS the Bay Area News Group-East Bay Player of the Year, earned All-State honors and was the driving ground force in leading De La Salle to a championship this past season. Still, no Pac-10 college offers came, not even a grayshirt. Yesterday, that changed.

Ward (5-7, 185) out of Concord, Calif., hasn't sent in his signed Letter of Intent to Oregon State yet but it sounds like that could change sometime soon.

"I have to go over all of that with my dad and the coaches," said Ward. "I'm pretty certain I'm headed there.

"I have a grayshirt offer and then I would go up there in January. I like the town, I like Oregon State is a family atmosphere and how everyone looks out for each other. "

Two days after Signing Day, Ward said Mike Riley came calling.

"He called my head coach yesterday, my head coach called me and I gave him a call back. It was pretty exciting," said Ward.

WARD, THE YOUNGER brother of Oregon safety T.J. Ward, said he was was surprised during the recruiting process not to have more schools come running at him.

Oregon, he told Scout.com late last month, hadn't been recruiting him and had heard mainly from Oregon State, Portland State, Sacramento State and San Jose State. The Beavs brought him in on a visit in January but he left without an offer. It's safe to say he feels he has something to prove.

"The whole recruiting thing has been a frustrating thing for myself...the (grayshirt offer) is a lot of chaos off my shoulders. I guess you can say I have a little chip on my shoulder right now," said Ward.

Ward racked up 2,038 ground yards with 26 touchdowns in 2009.

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