Santa Ana (Calif.) Mater Dei has been for a long time one of the best high school football programs in Southern California. Mater Dei has had a long record for getting their bigs to the next level and looks like lightning is going to strike again as Chris Ward (6-6, 300) already has six Pac 10 offers to his credit.
Ward has offers on the table from Arizona, Cal, Stanford, Washington and Washington State.
"UCLA and Cal are showing me the most interest right now," Ward said. "I like how Coach Rick Neuheisel is talking how they are going to bring the Bruin program back to where it needs to be."
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"With Cal I always feel welcome by everybody and they always have nice things to say," Ward said. "I'm going to take my and there is no timeframe for a decision."
"I could make my decision anytime," Ward said. "It could be in the summer or as late as signing date."
What is Ward looking for in a college?
"I want to go to a school that has a good college atmosphere and a cool place to hang out," Ward said. "The football program and the coaching staff will also be considerations. I'm not sure if I want to play in cold weather.
"I don't have any favorites fight now," Ward said. "I am open to all schools that are interested in me."
Ward will take in Cal's junior day on February 28th. He has no other junior days are planned. He has already seen most of the schools that he has wanted to look at.
The scouting report on Ward is he has outstanding character and is very poised. He keeps his cool when the pressure is at its peak. He has the size and frame that D-I schools like in an offensive lineman. He has long arms another thing that colleges like to see.
Ward is also very athletic for big man. He has played AAU basketball since the second grade and his hoops experience has really helped his footwork. He even played basketball his freshman year at Mater Dei, but felt that football was more his calling and decided to devote himself to football.
Even though Ward missed three games, he still earned second-team all-league honors as a junior.