Three-star linebacker Andrew Ward talks standouts, visits

Three-star Andrew Ward making sense of recruitment with three standouts. Visits are on the way.

            One of his teammates has already made a decision. But Muskegon (Mich.) three-star linebacker Andrew Ward is still getting to that point.

            Last month, Ward’s three-star teammate, Kalil Pimpleton, gave his commitment to Virginia Tech. The Hokies are in good position, but Ward has others in contention. They’re actually one of three standouts he has.

            Ward has nine offers in total, most recently from Arizona and is going through the steps to weed through each option.

            “First I’m looking that they have my major and how successful they are,” Ward said. “My major is gonna be sports medicine. Their program and facilities, how can they help me improve? A big part of that is great facilities. Then the staff, how much time are they investing in me or their players in general?”

            This spring, Ward took in visits to Penn State, Virginia Tech, Iowa State, Indiana, Western Michigan and Nebraska. Many of those trips were with his teammates, including Pimpleton.

            “At Nebraska, their facilities were outstanding,” Ward said. “They had the top, from the weight room to whatever, it was awesome. Penn State stadium stood out most. At VT, I love the food. They had the best foots. Coach told me they were ranked for food. I actually gained five pounds there, no exaggeration.”

            Pimpleton is trying to get Ward to jump on board with him. And Ward said that does play a role in his recruitment.

            “It’s a huge factor,” he said. “I believe it plays a certain role. Me and Kalil have played since we were 9 or 10, ever since pop warner. To play another four years, that would be amazing. We always talked about going somewhere, but it’s crazy.”

            With the Hokies, Ward said he also likes that coach Justin Fuente is personally recruiting him. But Ward has also liked what he’s heard from defensive coordinator Bud Foster.

            “I really didn’t talk to Coach Fuente much besides on phone,” Ward said. “But we spent a lot of time with Coach Foster. Coach Foster is just awesome. We got a little chalk talk. But what more can you ask for. He’s a legend. I can imagine how it is over there.”

            Ward said he’s not ready to name a top list. But he does have three schools that are standing out from his visits, Virginia Tech, Nebraska and Indiana. Ward saw the Hoosiers earlier in the spring as well.

            “I went down and coach showed us a lot of love,” he said. “He came up to talk to my coach. He calls when he can. I just feel like he showed a lot of love. People who show love and interest in me, I can show interest in them as well.”

            On Friday, Ward is making a return trip to Virginia Tech, along with Pimpleton and another teammate, Jacorey Sullivan. And as of now, he wants to take official visits this fall to Arizona, Washington St, Penn State and VT and Nebraska.

            But Ward isn’t ready to follow the lead of Pimpleton and make a decision just yet.

            “I’m kinda iffy on a decision,” Ward said. “Mainly it’s because my plan was to make decision late or middle of the year. But we’ll see.”

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