After turning in several solid showings on the offseason circuit, interest is starting to pick up for 2014 Decaturville (Tenn.) Riverside quarterback Luke Ward. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound signal-caller spend the weekend in Tuscaloosa for Alabama's victory over Ole Miss and came away very impressed.
"I had a great time at Alabama," he said. "It was a great experience, I really enjoyed talking with the coaches and it was just a great environment to watch a game."
Ward has yet to receive his first scholarship offer, but has had consistent contact with several schools.
"I'm staying in contact with Vanderbilt, Ole Miss and Cincinnati," Ward said. "Those are the schools I'm hearing from the most right now."
In addition to his trip to Alabama over the weekend, Ward has also taken unofficial visits to Ole Miss and Tennessee and will be back in Oxford for the Rebels game against Texas A&M.
"I love it up there," Ward said. "I had a lot of fun. I like the environment, the program and I really like their offense. I think I would be a good fit."
Like most kids growing up in Tennessee, Ward said he grew up a fan of the Vols. But now that he's in the recruiting process, his days as a fan are behind him.
"I grew up a die hard but now that I'm talking to a lot of schools and going through it, it's hard," Ward said. "It's almost like you can't have a favorite team because you have to make a decision based on a lot of different factors.
Ward still listed Tennessee along with Alabama as his "dream schools," but said he's tempering his expectations for the time being.
"Right now I'd say Duke, Cincinnati and Ole Miss are my favorites," Ward said. "But it's still very early for me and I hope I can get out at camps this summer and show what I can do."