One of the biggest recruiting questions marks this season is why the lack of offers to running back/cornerback Terron Ward (5-7, 185, 4.4) from state champ Concord (Calif.) De La Salle. He was simply outstanding against Los Angeles (Calif.) Crenshaw and was one of the reasons his team was victorious.
Ward plays at the same school that has produced D.J. Williams, Maurice Jones-Drew, Willie Glasper, Patrick Walsh, Terrence Kelly and Patrick Bates. All were outstanding high school running backs and Williams and Jones-Drew are currently playing on Sunday. Williams as a linebacker for the Denver Broncos and Jones-Drew as a running back for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
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.
Though Ward was outstanding on both sides of the ball, he is getting looks for his skills as an offensive player.
At the present time, Ward doesn't have any offers on the table, but he is getting recruiting action from a pretty impressive list of schools.
"I am talking Oregon, Washington, Stanford and Cal," Ward said. "I have been also talking to Notre Dame and Nebraska. I have also heard from UNLV."
Obviously it is frustrating for Ward to have the kind of career and season that he has enjoyed not to have any offers or at this time no visits planned, but someone will take a look at his tape and see a guy has the skills to play at the next level.
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.
The school that ends up taking a chance on Ward could end up looking pretty smart down the road.