“I’m great. I’m real excited about it,” Ward said. “Coach Van DMed me on Twitter and told me to call him and I did and he told me they were offering me.”
SMU defensive coordinator Van Malone broke the news and talked with Ward about how the staff sees him fitting in.
“He just talked to me about the program and me being able to fit into the program,” Ward said.
Ward is being recruited for SMU’s Star linebacker position, something he’s already used to playing.
“He said it’s kind of like what I play now, which is an outside linebacker/safety in the secondary so I can walk around,” Ward said.
With Ward’s skillset, he’d fit right into the position.
“I’m a rangy player. The ball could be opposite of me and I’m going to run it down and make the play,” the 6-3, 208-pound linebacker said.
Ward was impressed with Malone, who he’s already had a relationship with from meeting him at a camp when Malone was at Oklahoma State.
With the new coaching staff, Ward sees the program being turned around.
“I know coach Malone is new. I think it’s good that they’re rebuilding and I think they’ll be real successful. I feel good about it. I just need to get to know the coaches a little better.”
Ward is looking forward to finding out more about SMU, but knows it has a great reputation academically already.
“I know it’s a private institution and they’ve got great academics. I was looking at some of their majors and I’m looking at the pre-therapy,” Ward said.
“I’m going to try and get up there for a visit soon. He said they’d work with me to get that scheduled,” Ward said.
The Sugar Land product is looking for a school that will help players develop on and off the field.
“A competitive school and very supportive of the players academically and athletically,” Ward said. “With academic advisors and support throughout the team.”
Ward is coming off a 60-tackle season and is trying to get better in coverage this spring.
“I’m working on footwork and getting my hip turned better so I can be better in coverage and getting stronger.”
UTSA offered Ward today to give him two offers.