"I love Coach Woods. That's my man. We talk almost every day. He's always checking in to see how I'm doing. I'm always talking to him. That's my man," Ware said.
Ware honored Woods' request to visit Iowa this past weekend. He was glad he did.
"I loved it; every one of the coaches, the players that I met, the atmosphere, it's just a family environment. I felt very comfortable up there," Ware said.
Competition for Ware's services is stiff. Scout.com's 50th-ranked running back in 2015 also reports scholarship offers Clemson, Florida, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Tennessee and USC, among others.
Iowa expressed to Ware that it belongs in that discussion as a program which features the running back and offers world-class academics. The 5-foot-11, 200-pounder plans to study Architectural Construction and Mechanical Engineering in college.
"I saw the new (football) facility. I saw the engineering building. I saw the downtown area. I saw the mall they have. I saw a lot of places. It was nice," Ware said.
Desmond King hosted Ware. He also spent a lot of time with '15 quarterback commit, Ryan Boyle, and recent wide receiver verbal, Adrian Falconer, who visited campus during the weekend as well. Offensive line commitments Landan and Levi Paulsen, Jake Newborg and Brett Waechter also made the Texas ball carrier feel wanted.
"They were all good guys. They all said the same thing. When you go there, you know the coaches are going to take care of you. The way they make you feel, you can feel like they care and you're home. It's a home when you leave home," Ware said.
The Iowa coaches told Ware that he would fill a need.
"They said they haven't recruited a running back with quite my type of running style. They want a downhill runner. They don't want a guy that's going to dance around. They like the way I run. I think I'm a power and speed guy. I can make you miss and also run you over," Ware said.
"I want to get to as many schools as possible. When the visits are all done, I will make my decision. It will most likely happen during the season, if not after it. I'm keeping an open mind until I see everything. I'm not trying to rush anything. I'll just keep an open mind and check everything out," Ware said.
Ware said his choice will be guided by a feeling inside.
"It's going to be wherever my heart tells me to go; wherever I feel most comfortable; wherever I feel that the coaching staff and the players are going to accept me and help me reach my goals and get me to where I want to be - the next level," he said.