Huskies lead for Michigan wideout

It's no secret the Huskies are looking for receivers in the 2008 recruiting class. They've already offered several along the west coast and they recently stepped up with an offer for Flint (Mi.) Southwestern Academy WR Tyrone Ward who is a two sport star, but says he feels he's likely headed to a career on the gridiron in college.

"I love playing basketball and I love playing football too," Ward, who plays the two and three spots on the hard court, told recently. "I'm being recruited by mostly mid-majors in basketball. Teams from the MAC and schools like Loyola and San Francisco are also after me."

On the football recruiting front though, Ward is hearing from a lot of big schools.

"Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Cincinnati and Washington are the big ones and then the MAC schools are also looking at me," Ward said. "Cincinnati offered me verbally and Washington just sent me a written offer last Monday (6/11).

"I was really surprised I got the offer from (Washington). Coach (Trent) Miles had been recruiting me and I had spoken to him a couple of times, but I guess he was out here visiting our coaches last month and he saw some tape of me and really like me a lot so he went back and talked to coach (Tyrone) Willingham and they sent me the letter."

So how big was the Husky offer considering Ward is a midwest prospect? To say it was big is an understatement.

"Oh man, it was huge," Ward said. "I've always had respect for coach Willingham and to get an offer from a school and a program like Washington is just amazing. They're a great school and my teammate (Mark Ingram) is also being recruited by them so that would be great to play with him if we both ended up going there.

"I have a very high interest in them. I would say they are my favorite, but it's not just because they're the only one with a written offer to me. I've liked them for a while."

Ward said he's planning on attending Washington's camp later this month, hoping to catch a ride with the Ingrams on their trip out to Seattle as well.

"I really want to see the area," Ward said. "I've heard how great it is out there and how big their stadium is and how great their tradition is. I want to see it for myself."

Last year, Ward posted 49 catches for Southwestern and wracked up 450 yards and 10 touchdowns through the air. He recently ran a 4.47 and claims a 39-inch vertical.

"I'm a possession guy in high school because of my size (6-4, 205), but I think I can do anything a team wants me to do," Ward said. "I can get deep and go up and get it and I can run with the ball once I get it in my hands.

"I'm a threat from anywhere."

As far as other camps he plans to attend, Ward is expected to be at the Cincinnati camp today (6/19) and then he'll head to the Michigan and Michigan State camps next week.

We'll have more from Ward after he finishes up his camps and he returns home from his visit to Seattle.

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