One of the many Division I-A offensive line prospects in the state of North Carolina for the Class of 2008, Reidsville Rockingham County's Justin Ward, made an unofficial visit to North Carolina State for the Wolfpack's Junior Day event.
"It went great. I got to meet all of the coaches and everything," Ward said. "I met (head coach) Tom O'Brien and coach Don Horton, the offensive line coach. We talked about how normal practice weeks at State would go and everything."
Ward also met with N.C. State assistant Jason Swepson, his recruiting coach.
"He said they are really interested," he said. "That they were watching film and everything."
The 6-foot-5, 280-pound Ward received an offer from the previous N.C. State staff. O'Brien and company addressed that.
"They said that they knew that State had offered me with the old coaching staff," he said. "They told me I was one of the highest offensive linemen on their board, but that they wanted to get to know me a little bit. They said to make sure I come to summer camp and if I got along with coach Horton and he got along with me, I could probably expect an offer coming in early June."
There were other aspects of his visit that stood out.
"We toured the main campus and then we went over to the bicentennial campus," he said. "We got on charter buses and toured the campus. We toured the locker rooms, the training room, the weight room and everything. N.C. State's facilities are top notch, second to none."
Ward talked about his plans for the rest of the spring.
"I have nothing planned as of right now," he said. "There are 12-15 guys from our football team that may be heading over to North Carolina for a training thing, but that's about it."
Ward added that he will attend a Shrine Bowl combine.
In terms of other programs, Marshall and East Carolina have recently been in contact. Duke, Clemson, South Carolina, Penn State, Notre Dame and others all are on the early list for Ward.