In the past week, Reidsville (N.C.) Rockingham County offensive tackle Justin Ward took in two unofficial visits over spring break. The 6-foot-5, 280-pounder visited two colleges in the ACC and SEC.
"I went on visits to North Carolina State and South Carolina for a practice and scrimmage," he said. "I went to North Carolina State on Monday and it was a great visit.
"I talked again with coach Horton, Swepson and Tom O'Brien. I got to see how the offensive linemen practice. I was impressed with the contact and repetition they went through. I can tell they have to be mobile to work with coach Horton. After practice, I talked to him for a bit and he mostly asked how I'm doing. Then I talked to coach O'Brien who said he appreciated me coming down. Overall I really enjoyed it."
Ward took a second unofficial on Friday to South Carolina.
"I went down there and got on the field which was really cool. Looking up, the stadium is huge," he stated. "I also spent some time with the offensive line coach who had good things to say. He wants me to come down to camp. As far as the scrimmage, they have a very good running back and a lot of athletes at skill positions."
Although he didn't get to talk to Steve Spurrier, Ward had a good visit to Columbia anyway.
"I enjoyed myself and it was my first visit down there. I'm glad the coaches were able to get to know me better."
Meanwhile, the Carolina lineman has scheduled a variety of camps in June.
"I have my dates down," he said. "I'm going to South Carolina on June 9th, Duke on June 16th, North Carolina State on June 20th and Penn State on June 22nd and 23rd. That's it so far, but I'm also checking out East Carolina for a camp possibly on the 13th."
Ward went on to state that there are still no favorites at this time.