Ward to visit Army and Air Force

Marcus Ward

Marcus Ward out of the Birmingham area received a mid-summer offer from the Black Knights. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound defensive back plays at Vestavia Hills (Ala.) High School and currently holds eight offers. While he hasn't yet paid a visit to West Point, he likes what he's heard so far from the Army coaching staff and may set up an official visit to West Point on a game weekend this season.

Marcus Ward out of the Birmingham area received a mid-summer offer from the Black Knights. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound defensive back plays at Vestavia Hills (Ala.) High School and currently holds eight offers. While he hasn't yet paid a visit to West Point, he likes what he's heard so far from the Army coaching staff and may set up an official visit to West Point on a game weekend this season.

"Coach Holmes offered me the last week of July," said Marcus Ward. "They liked my height a lot at the position. They thought I was a rangy, lengthy and loved how I played physically with the ability to come up and hit people. Last year, teams played away from my side of the field so my film doesn't show a lot of my cover skills. That's why I went to so many camps over the summer to show [colleges] a different aspect of my game."

Ward went to camps at Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Duke, Georgia Tech, Tennessee, UAB, and Vanderbilt over the summer. His current offers include Air Force, Army, Louisiana-Lafayette, Memphis, Penn, South Alabama, and Wofford.

"UAB offered me after the camps," he said. "Clemson, Duke, and Tennessee seemed the most interested. Alabama gave me some good feedback. They were stronger on me earlier. Last year, I went to Vanderbilt and didn't do too well so I went back. They seemed to like that I came back and stepped up my game. All of them told me to keep in touch every couple of weeks. I think I'm right there at the brink of being a top prospect. I just have to prove it during our season.

"The schools that are recruiting me really hard are Louisiana-Lafayette, South Alabama, and Memphis. I'll most likely take my officials visit to those three schools and Army and Air Force."

As a junior Ward played cornerback and made 43 tackles, one interception. and ten pass breakups. This year he'll move to strong safety or rover for Vestavia Hill's defense.

"Last year I played a lot in the box," said Ward, "but this year I'm going to be stepping out more. The number one thing I've improved on is my speed. You're going to see me perform faster. The coaches at Vanderbilt noticed that. I play basketball so I think the quickness I use on the floor will carry over to the playing field. I've always had good straight ahead speed, but I've gotten better at making cuts and taking angles which will help in man coverage."

Ward says he's focused right now on having a big season for the Rebels of Vestavia Hills. However, he's keeping a close eye to his recruitment and where he'll want to play next season.

"I want to join a [college] team that has a sense of family," Ward said. "I'd like to be kind of close to home, but not too close. It's going to be the culmination of a lot of different things. I'd like to go somewhere I can call home, see some early playing time, and get a good education."

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