Mayde Creek High School of Katy, Texas, is far from a recruiting hot bed, but the University of Arizona combed Greater Houston and found a sleeper in defensive lineman Jowyn Ward.
Ward had a tremendous season for Mayde Creek, which made the playoffs for the first time in several years. The 6-foot-2, 260-pound defensive lineman anchored a defense with technique and power.
"He's one of the strongest kids I've ever had," Mayde Creek coach Lance Carter said. "He's a good technician and a student of the game."
Ward committed to Arizona Tuesday after returning from his official visit.
"It was a cool campus and the coaches and players were great," he said. "It really seems like a family atmosphere over there. Their academics blew me away and that was a big part of my decision.
"I also see that they are graduating several defensive tackles and I would have the opportunity to play early," he said.
The covers have been pulled back on Ward, however, as Oklahoma State and Nebraska are nearing with offers.
"They both want me to schedule a visit," he said. "I'll probably go up to Nebraska on an official visit in January."
For now, Ward is training for his power-lifting season. Ward competes in the bench press (405-pounds) and the squat (620-pounds).
Ward also has earned first-team, all-district honors and all-state academic accolades.