Running back/cornerback Terron Ward (5-7, 185, 4.4) from state champ Concord (Calif.) De La Salle was one of the main reasons that his team was able to upend Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw in the State Championship earlier in the month. He recently took his first official visit.
"I just returned from Oregon State," Ward said. "It was a good trip and I enjoyed myself.
"I think I bonded pretty well with the coaches and the team up there," Ward said. "It was a good trip.
"I really liked how Oregon State seemed so family oriented and tight knit," Ward said. "I just think that Coach Mike Riley is really genuine as a person.
"I don't any trips planned this weekend," Ward said. "I'm just going to lay back and see what happens.
"If Oregon State offers, I think I will jump on it," Ward said. "They are recruiting me at the running back position.
Landing players like Ward has worked out for Oregon State in the past. He plays at the same school that has produced D.J. Williams, Maurice Jones-Drew, Willie Glasper, Patrick Walsh, Terrence Kelly and Patrick Bates.
Out of that outstanding group of running backs only one holds the single season record for rushing yards and the single game record and that player is Ward.
In one game this past fall, Ward rushed for 398 yards and for the season Danville (Calif.) Monte Vista, he ran for a single season record, that he achieved while playing Crenshaw in the Championship game, he ran his total yards to 2,050 besting the previous record set by Patrick Walsh of 2,032.
Ward also had 28 rushing touchdowns, two punt return touchdowns and one receiving touchdown.
Ward's senior season effort saw him earn Bay Area Player of the Year and is one of the finalists for the Golden State's Mr. Football Player of the Year. He also earned East Bay Player of the Year and was a first-team all-area performer as a cornerback. His honors for the season aren't done yet as there are other still waiting to be determined that he is in the running for and will undoubtedly land some more prizes.
Ward was able to amass all of these honors while playing against topnotch competition.
Ward has D-I bloodlines as his older brother is Oregon Duck standout defensive back T.J. Ward and he has an excellent knowledge of the game since his dad is a coach who has been around the game all of his life.