Four-star offensive lineman Chris Ward (6-6, 300, 5.3) from Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei saw his team lose a tough battle against City Section power, Carson, Calif., 14-2. Ward however, had a solid game and now he and his Mater Dei teammates are getting ready Cypress, Calif., a team that is currently 1-0. On the recruiting trail Ward has apparently narrowed things down to two schools.
"It's pretty much Cal and UCLA," Ward said about his current recruiting status. "Those two schools have shown the most interest in me and they are the two schools that I can see myself going to.
"I like the coaching staffs at both schools and their communication with their teams are outstanding," Ward said. "I also like both campuses.
"I have been to both campuses while classes were in session and they weren't," Ward said. "So I have a good feel for both schools.
"I think I'm going to wait a bit before making my decision," Ward said. "I want to talk to my coach before I make any final decisions."
"I don't really have a timeframe for making an announcement. It could be next week or it could be in February."
Besides Cal and UCLA, Ward has offers from Arizona, Stanford, Washington, Washington State, San Diego State and Colorado.
Ward was scheduled to attend UCLA's game against San Diego State on Saturday, but team obligations ran late so he decided to stay home.
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.