USF an Option For Junior-College Specimen

Measuring in a 6-foot-7, 286-pounds, Globe Institute of Technology star Jihad Ward is a wanted man by several collegiate schools, including the South Florida Bulls.

Possessing the chiseled frame of a third year pro in the NFL, Globe Institute of Technology defensive end Jihad Ward might have as much potential as any prospect in the nation.

At 6-foot-7, 286-pounds, the defensive lineman definitely passes the eye test and has been timed in the 40-yard dash with the time of 4.65 seconds as well. The overall package of size, skill and athleticism has earned the specimen offers from South Florida, West Virginia, Washington, Tennessee and Illinois amongst others.

One school that's turned up the heat on Ward as of late has been the South Florida Bulls, hoping to secure an official visit from lengthy defensive line prospect.

"One of their coaches (Eric Mathis) came to our school and he was so surprised how big I was," Ward said. "They were telling me how it is down there in Florida and their overall atmosphere. I informed them that I would like to take an official visit to check it all out in Florida. From what I'm hearing from the Bulls, they said they need a defensive lineman and I got so excited. It could be my chance to be a starter down there. I like South Florida."

Ward currently has three schools sticking out in recruitment.

"My top three right now are the University of West Virginia, South Florida and Washington," Ward said. "Once I take my official visits, I think everything will go step-by-step and it should go smooth."

Ward is ahead of schedule and has several official visits set for the upcoming months.

"I have West Virginia on Dec. 7, South Florida on Dec. 13, and I think the next week I have the University of Illinois," Ward said. "I think around January I'll be heading out to Washington."

Ward plans to make his decision around Signing Day.

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