Oakland (Calif.) McClymonds tight end NaDerris Ward made his season debut last weekend after missing the teams first two games due to a shoulder injury. He made an immediate impact on the game but as a defensive end with two quarterback sacks and several hurries. The big time athlete also re-set his 5th and final official visit after scratching his scheduled trip to Washington.
Ward, 6-5, 250 pounds is a top five tight end nationally but according to his coach at McClymonds, Alonzo Carter, he could be even better on the defensive side of the ball.
"With his size and athletic ability, he would be an incredible defensive end in college," Carter said. "You really can't block him, he was in the backfield all game long last week. He hurt his shoulder in our final scrimmage and missed our first two games but he looks good right now. We have two huge games coming up against Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey this weekend and then Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw the following week, a couple of L.A city schools who handles us last year so we need to be clicking on all cylinders to beat them."
The players at McClymonds always have their official visits set early so they can make their decision before January rolls around.
"A few years ago I had a player who waited to long to make his choice and then lost his spot," Coach Carter said. "So I always try and set up the visits for my kids early so they can still take all five trips but by taking them during the season, they'll be done taking them in December and won't be squeezed out when things start getting crazy."
Ward had all five trips lined up over a month ago but scratched a scheduled visit to Washington that was set for this past weekend.
"He's going to visit LSU now on (Oct. 15)," Carter said. "It was between Florida State and LSU. A lot of people were telling NaDerris, 'you sure you want to go to LSU, don't you know what's going on there right now.' But he likes the school and the coaches have done a nice job recruiting him. "He still has Arizona (Oct. 21), Tennessee (Oct. 28), Georgia (Nov. 18) and Florida (Nov. 25) set up and Georgia is still the team to beat right now."
We'll be at the game this weekend when McClymonds takes on Dorsey and will have a full recap of how the stars from both teams perform.