Fans of UCLA and Cal have been on needles and pins for the announcement of four-star offensive lineman Chris Ward (6-4, 285, 5.3) from Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei. There was much speculation that Ward would come to his decision after he visited Cal this past weekend, but a decision has not been made.
"I couldn't go to Cal this past weekend because I hurt my knee," Ward said. "I didn't hurt it badly so it is a good time for us to have a bye week. I will be back for our next game."
Ward had x-rays taken on his knee yesterday (Monday October 5th) and results were known at post time. The initial thought was that Ward stretched his MCL.
"My coach didn't think it would be a good idea for me to take my visit because of my knee," Ward said. "He wanted me to rest the knee, but it feels fine. I'm moving around pretty good and getting up and down the stairs.
"I don't know when I will take my official to Cal," Ward said. "I might make up my mind, before I take my visit, but there are no promises."
Why did Ward narrow it down to Cal and UCLA?
"Those two schools recruited me the hardest," Ward said. "And they are the two schools I can see myself going to."
At this time, Ward has no idea when he will now make his announcement so it appears fans of Cal and UCLA will have to bide their time.
Ward and his Mater Dei teammates are currently 3-2 after losing a hard fought thriller in double overtime to Huntington Beach (Calif.) Edison 36-29.
Ward is a senior on a relatively young team that starts quite a few juniors and sophomores. They are beginning to gel at the right time.
Mater Dei starts their tough league play on October 16th against always tough Orange (Calif.) Orange Lutheran.
The scouting report on Ward is he has outstanding character and is very poised. He keeps his cool when the pressure is at its peak. He has the size and frame, that D-I schools like in an offensive lineman. He has long arms another thing that colleges like to see.
Ward is also very athletic for big man. He has played AAU basketball since the second grade and his hoops experience has really helped his footwork. He even played basketball his freshman year at Mater Dei, but felt that football was more his calling and decided to devote himself to football.
Even though Ward missed three games, he still earned second-team all-league honors as a junior.
Ward earned a spot on the Rivals.com California Preseason Top 100 team for the class of 2010 landing as the Golden State's No. 37 prospect at any position.