Pac-10 Already All Over Ward

The 6-6, 300-pound offensive line prospect from Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei, Chris Ward, is clearly one of the best at his position in the west for 2010. He talked to us about his early recruitment, the Pac-10 schools that have offered him, the two that are recruiting him the hardest, and more...

Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei has long been known for its quarterbacks.

But the Monarchs also have a tradition of producing some pretty impressive offensive linemen, and one of the top OL prospects in recent memory is junior offensive tackle Chris Ward (6-6, 300).

Ward already has scholarship offers from six Pac-10 schools and he's having conversations with a couple more programs with possibilities of offers down the road.

"My offers are from UCLA, Cal, Washington, Washington State, Arizona and Stanford," said Ward. "I've had some conversations with USC but my coach told me they usually offer later in the process. Notre Dame has also been in contact with me. Neither of them have really told me when they might offer but I'm willing to do whatever to get an offer from them."

For now, Ward said it's a pair of in-state schools that have been showing the most interest in him.

"Cal and UCLA, those are the two that are showing the most interest," said Ward. "Cal is probably recruiting me the hardest. I'm for sure going up to their Junior Day on the 28th of February. I'm not sure which other ones I'll be going to."

Ward spent last summer taking in a host of unofficial visits to college campuses. "We went up to Cal and Stanford and then to Northwestern, Notre Dame and UCLA," said Ward. "We'll probably take a few more visits this spring or summer but we haven't decided where we'll go."

Ward has been the primary blindside blocker for quarterback Matt Barkley the past two seasons, and colleges envision him protecting the left side when he arrives on campus.

"I've only played the left side the last two years, but I have experience in both. I'm willing to do anything, but I think most schools want me as a left tackle," said Ward. "I wasn't really into football until 7th or 8th grade, but I've learned a lot and it's been pretty fun to play tackle."

Ward said that there wasn't any rush to make a college decision. "I'll probably just go through the process and take visits and then decide when the time is right," said Ward. "I have my families full support in whatever I choose to do."

Academically, Ward is carrying a 3.0 GPA and will take the SAT in the spring.

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