Tyler John Tyler (TX) ATH Greg Ward has been interested in SMU since he was on the Hilltop for junior day this spring but after months of waiting for an offer, he decided to pull the trigger and made a soft verbal commitment to Houston in June.
"My commitment to Houston is not solid," Ward said. "It's not because of the school, but I just want to see what everybody has to offer. I know their offensive coordinator left but that's not a factor because I didn't talk to him. I'm just open to different options right now."
One of those options is now SMU. Ward said he was ‘extremely excited' when he was extended an offer by SMU defensive line coach Bert Hill on Sunday morning and plans to make an official visit sometime this fall.
"I talked to Coach Hill on Sunday before the Baylor game and he offered me," Ward said. "I feel good about the offer. I'm definitely going to consider it. I like how the program is coming up and things like that. I like their coaching staff. The campus is nice, and I like it."
Ward was in Waco to witness SMU's season opener while on an unofficial visit to Baylor and despite the lackluster performance, still believes the Mustangs will improve as the season progresses.
"I still think SMU has a lot of potential," Ward said. "I think it would have been a better game if they weren't making so many mistakes. Baylor just capitalized on there mistakes, but SMU will get better."
During the game, Ward paid close attention to former high school teammate Jeremy Johnson. Like Johnson, the 5-foot-11, 165-pounder expects to make the switch from quarterback to slot receiver at the next level and has sought advice from the SMU junior.
"I've talked to Jeremy about SMU a couple of times," Ward said. "He told me he's not going to tell me what to do and that I have to make my own decision. He did say it would be fun to play with each other, and I think so too."
Ward was also at Houston for an unofficial visit this past Saturday but doesn't have any formal plans to visit other schools at this time and is simply focused on Friday's game against Lancaster.
Ward is coming off a five-touchdown performance against Lufkin in Week 0 and hopes to build on a junior campaign that saw him throw for 3,596 yards and 32 touchdowns while completing over 70 percent of his passes. He also rushed for 1,212 yards and 18 touchdowns and in the process, shattered all of Johnson's records.
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