Oakland (Calif.) McClymond's tight end NaDerris Ward had all five official visits set over a month ago but he recently made a change. His lone Big 12 representative is out and yet another school from SEC country will get a visit.
Ward, 6-5, 250 pounds is a top five tight end nationally and a tremendous prospect at his position. He's big, strong, runs well and has very good hands. He has a college body right now and has the athleticism of a basketball player on the field making tough, acrobatic catches look almost easy.
Ward will take his first official visit later this month to Washington (Sept. 23). He also has visits lined up with Arizona (Oct. 21), Georgia (Nov. 18) and Florida (Nov. 25). Oklahoma was set up for (Dec. 9) but Ward has canceled that visit and will take use his final visit to check out Tennessee on (Oct. 28).
"It was a couple of things," McClymonds coach Alonzo Carter said. "It was nothing against Oklahoma at all. "He wanted to take a visit with Joshua (Tatum) and Tennessee was really the only school they had in common. They're cousins and real close so it just worked out that way and plus he wanted all of his visits out of the way by December so he can make his decision a few weeks earlier."
Georgia has been the leader for Ward for sometime and that remains the case. It will be tough for anyone to beat out the Dawgs but the athlete is committed to taking all five visits and in recruiting, you never know what can happen.
On the field, Ward will miss the first game of the season due to a shoulder injury but should be OK by week two.
"We had a scrimmage last week and he made an incredible leaping catch but came down hard on his shoulder," Carter said. "It's not torn and there is no separations or anything, he's just sore. We're going to hold him out this week but he should be OK for our next game. Tennessee is coming down and USC was going to come down to watch him too but now that's he's hurt, I don't think that's going to happen."