Ward makes a name for himself

When you are the physical specimen that Globe DL Jihad Ward (6-7, 285) is, it's hard to imagine that you could go overlooked. However, until very recently, the talented and versatile JUCO defensive line prospect had flown a bit under-the-radar...

"Things have been pretty good," Ward told JCFootball.com. "I basically have offers from Washington and Tennessee and Temple said they want to offer me and I have schools like USC, Auburn, Florida State, West Virginia and Kentucky also talking to me as well."

Most schools have been recruiting Ward to play defensive end and he said he is unsure of when he will take his visits.

"I've been talking to Washington about visiting, but I probably won't be able to go on a game weekend because we play at the same time," Ward said. "I'll probably take all of my visits after my season because I want to focus on my team right now."

As a freshman last fall, Ward played all over Globe's defensive line, but spent most of his time inside as a pass-rushing, three-tech defensive tackle and totaled 55 stops with eight sacks.

"Jihad is a special, special athlete and probably the most athletic guy we've had here since we began as a program," Globe head coach Cameron Chadwick added. "We'll move him all over, but he'll play mostly the three (tech) and maybe move outside and play as a five-tech (defensive end)."

Ward prepped in Philadelphia and saw some recruiting interest, but he was unable to qualify for a scholarship, so he decided to head to Globe and give himself the opportunity to play ball at the next level.

"Globe was pretty close to home which helped me stay in touch with my mom," Ward said. "The coaches here were great and they were really the first school I talked to about playing ball at."

Ward has gotten things straightened out on the academic front and he is on pace to graduate in May and he will have three years to play two following the 2013 football season.

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