Ward Solid with Texas Tech

Raiderpower.com interviewed Dallas Skyline running back Da'Leon Ward for an update on his recruitment and about his preparation for his senior season. Ward, who was Texas Tech's first commit of the 2016 class, also talks about some of the bonds he's formed with other Red Raider pledges.

Texas Tech running back Da'Leon Ward is 100% solid with the Red Raiders.

“I’ve been a Raider at Skyline for the past four years, now I will be a Raider at Texas Tech for the next four years,” Ward said.

Ward, who is ranked as 10th best running back in Texas and the midlands region by Scout, committed to Texas Tech back in February. Since then he said his recruitment has slowed down. He added that he is hearing a little bit from other schools, but he is fully committed to Texas Tech.

Ward has been keeping in touch with the Texas Tech coaching staff everyday and said they are a source of motivation for him. Ward added he talks regularly with assistant coaches Emmett Jones, Mike Jinks and Kevin Curtis

He also mentioned keeping up with Tech quarterback commit Jett Duffey on Twitter and said they have a “good relationship.” The two were able to bond at Texas Tech satellite camp this summer.

As a junior Ward produced 1,779 yards and 20 touchdowns on the ground and 16 catches for 139 and two scores to help Dallas Skyline to a Class 6A Division I state semifinal appearance.

For his senior year Ward has set the bar high for himself. He said he is aiming at the 2,000 yard mark and knows his team will “go all the way” this year.

In order to meet those lofty expectations, Ward who currently stands at 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds, said he is working out twice a day for a total of five hours a day.

“I’m really trying to get a little bit bigger and faster,” Ward said.

You can expect to see Ward on the sidelines of at least one Texas Tech home game this upcoming season, as he said he will be making a trip to Lubbock but the date is to be determined.

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