February 22, 2011
Spartans offer Illinois OL
Michigan State is looking to bring in another high-quality offensive line class and Ryan Ward of Providence Catholic High School in Illinois is one of the players they have targeted as a plan A recruit for the class of 2012. SpartanMag.com caught up with the 6-foot-6, 270-pound prospect and got the details on his recruitment.
Last year Michigan State was able to go into Illinois and get a commitment from one of the top offensive line prospect in the Midwest in center prospect Jack Allen of Hinsdale Central High School. This year, newly appointed Offensive Coordinator Dan Roushar is identifying players he feels have all the tools necessary to help the Spartans win another Big Ten Championship. Ward is one of only a handful of prospects that an early scholarship offer has been extended to.
SpartanMag.com asked Ward about the schools that he is hearing from and which ones have already offered him a scholarship.
"I have been offered by Northwestern, Illinois and Michigan State," he stated. "I am also hearing from Wisconsin, Iowa, Boston College, Purdue, Michigan, Vanderbilt and Tennessee."
Ward is being very proactive when it comes to his recruitment. He has already been to multiple junior day functions and plans on hitting several more later this spring. He also hopes to check out spring practices/games at several schools so he can see the coaches and players in action.
"I have already been to junior days at Northwestern Iowa and Michigan State, Ward said. "I have a junior day planned for Wisconsin on the 26th of February and I plan on going out to more programs as well."
Ward had a lot of positive things to say about his visit to Michigan State he told SpartanMag.com and EdgyTim.com the following about his visit.
"Michigan State has a great coaching staff. Coach Roushar, the offensive-line coach, is my recruiting coach. He is pretty awesome. My family has a cottage in Michigan so we are pretty familiar with the state and the area around East Lansing. Michigan State has a really nice campus and facilities and the uniforms they have are sick. I had a chance to talk one on one with Head Coach Mark Dantonio and it went well and that's when they offered me a scholarship."
One of the reasons why the Spartans like Ward so much is due to the fact that he has a strong work etich and is known as a team leader. SpartanMag.com asked Ward about that and how those factors will impact his decision making process.
"I have been team captain in earlier years so I guess you could say that I am a leader. I am dedicated to my teammates and coaches. I view my teammates and my coaches are part of my family. That is what I am looking for in a college. The people, the players and coaches, they are the most important thing I am looking for in a college."
One school that many believe will have the inside track with Ward is the Northwestern Wildcats. Ward's older brother Patrick is a starter on the Wildcat offensive line and Ryan is very familiar with what Coach Pat Fitzgerald the Wildcats program has to offer.
With that being said, even though his brother is at Northwestern, Ward has indicated that he plans on giving each school that he is seriously looking at an equal look.
"I am going to consider all of my options before I make my college choice." he stated.
Ward is not in a hurry to make a decision about his future. Look for him to make his college choice close to the start of his senior season if not afterwards. You can be sure that Coach Dantonio and Coach Roushar will look to have ward on campus as many times as possible in the coming months.
Look for Ward's offer list to continue to expand as the spring progresses. He will likely end up being one of the most coveted offensive line prospect in the Big Ten region for the class of 2012.
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