While schools have hesitated to offer scholarships to Decatur (Ga.) Southwest Dekalb quarterback Eric Ward, he says he’s still hearing from some heavy hitters.
“Mississippi State has been calling a whole lot. I get a call from them once a week, and Eastern Michigan calls a lot, too,” Ward said. “I’ve been hearing Mississippi State, UAB, Eastern Michigan, Central Florida and Eastern Carolina.”
Of those schools, Ward said that one was starting to distance itself from the rest of the pack.
“Mississippi State stands out,” he said. “I went to camp there this past summer and got to meet Coach Croom. I was really impressed by him.”
With the clock ticking, Ward knows that the next step in his college decision will be to set up official visits, but he said he’s going to remain patient with setting dates and making decisions.
“I plan to take some official visits, but I haven’t set them up yet,” Ward said. “I’ll probably wait until after the season. I’m going to kind of wait to see what else happens before I decide where to visit.”
A new offensive set may help Ward’s position in recruiting. He says that with more passing attempts his completions are also improving over his junior season, when he was an honorable mention all-county pick. Now all the dual-threat signal caller needs is for Southwest Dekalb to improve as a team.
“We started out really good, but then we stumbled some,” Ward said. “we’re trying to get back on track after losing a few games. I’ve been playing pretty well, and I had a couple really good games.”