Diverse Spokane DE/BUCK on WSU camp radar

WHEN MIKE LEACH holds his summer youth camp events at Washington State next month, a host of Northwest prospects from the Class of 2013 will be there trying to earn crimson offers. Among them is a versatile 6-5, 240-pounder out of Spokane's Mead High.

Langston Ward is an athletic d-end with size 15 feet who can run. He'll be doing a one-day camp outing at Washington State in June.

"I'm looking forward to visiting with the new coaches and see the changes that are taking place there. I like the campus, the d-line coach (Joe Salave'a) is a cool guy too, I've talked to him a couple of times," said Ward.

WARD SAID THE Cougs have also mentioned the possibility of him playing the BUCK position in the Cougs' 3-4.

"They just said they want to see me in person, they've reviewed my tape and like it. They liked my aggressiveness and the motor," said Ward.

WARD IS DIVERSE off the field, too. He has a second-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, is an exemplary student and was the state champion representing the Evergreen State at the national Poetry Out Loud competition in Washington D.C earlier this month.

He already has an offer from Harvard.

He's hearing most from WSU, Northwestern, Illinois, Stanford and a host of other Ivy League schools. Education, he said, will be a big factor in his decision "because of the long term."

Stanford likes Ward at the tight end position, while most everyone else projects him at d-end. Other schools Ward plans to camp at include Northwestern, Illinois and Stanford.

He said WSU and Northwestern seem closest to offering were he to put together a stellar camp performance.

Ward was named first team All-GSL as a junior alongside his teammate, co-defensive MVP Danny Mattingly. Precise numbers were unavailable but Ward is said to have logged around 50 tackles with five sacks in 2011.

Langston Ward profile

  • Ward's mother played basketball at Missouri and later was an assistant athletic director at Michigan State. His late father was an assistant football coach at Missouri, UTEP and UMass.

  • Other Northwest prospects who will be camping at WSU in search of a Mike Leach offer include Cle Elum LB Jake Gall, Skyline LB Devin Benford and Portland OL Max Rich. In addition, new SMU verbal commit Koleny Cassel of Yakima is expected to be there as well.

  • Ward was among the 4th – 9th place finalists at the national Poetry Out Loud competition. He received a $1,000 award, and Mead received $500 for the purchase of poetry books.

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