Ward talks recruiting

It's been a while since anyone has heard from Southwestern Academy (Flint, Mich.) WR Tyrone Ward, but the playmaking wideout from the Wolverine State spoke with Dawgman.com recently about an off-the-field issue as well as how his season ended up and where recruiting stands right now.

"We went 7-1, but officially we were 4-5 because and ineligible player played so we didn't make the playoffs," Ward told Dawgman.com over the weekend. "I guess there was a player on our team who transferred in and there was a paperwork mixup so, we appealed it, but they said we had to forfeit a couple of games and that's why we didn't go to the playoffs.

"It kinda stinks because it's my senior year and all, but it is what it is so we'll get into basketball and have some fun doing that instead."

Ward and a friend were caught breaking into a house back in the summer and he spent a majority of August and September in a juvenile facility at night and was allowed to attend school and games during the day before returning in the evening to the detention center.

"I can't really talk too much about that stuff, but all I will say is that I made a stupid mistake and it's behind me now," Ward said. "It's just part of growing up I guess, but I let myself down, my family down and so I'm working really hard to make up for that by being the best I can be at whatever I do."

Ward completed his sentence early and has had his record cleared of the incident and he said the schools recruiting him haven't expressed any disinterest in him over the subject.

"Washington and Cincinnati are still my only two offers and both of them have been calling," Ward said. "I haven't spoken to either of them recently, but basically that's been my fault because I've been kind of concentrating on other stuff.

"Now, with my season behind me, I can start to take a look at things and talk to the coaches again."

Washington has long been Ward's favorite and he said he's getting ready to set up his official visit to see the campus and get to know the coaches as well.

"Washington's been my top school and when I go out there there's a good chance I will commit to them," Ward said. "Me and my teammate Mark Ingram are best friends and we've already talked about the fact that we want to be a package deal because he said he likes how I take the pressure of him out there and he does the same for me.

"We just need to set things up for the visit though."

In addition to Washington and Cincinnati, the other schools recruiting Ward are Minnesota, Illinois, Indiana and Clemson.

"Actually Clemson just started to come on recently which is cool," Ward said. "As long as I have options to choose from then I can't feel anything but blessed by God with what He has given me."

Ward took the SAT this past month and scored a 21 and he reports a 3.2 GPA as well.

We'll have more from Ward in the coming weeks as recruiting starts to heat up even more.

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