Otis Kirk's Recruiting 360: Little Rock Razorback Game Attracts Several Recruits, Including Vilonia's Sax, Two Rising Linemen

by By Otis Kirk, HawgSports.com Recruiting Analyst  on Tuesday, Sep. 14, 2010 11:03 am  

This story is from the archives of ArkansasSports360.com.

Arkansas hosted around 30 recruits Saturday night in Little Rock''s War Memorial Stadium including many of the state's top juniors.

Pottsville offensive lineman Jeremy Ward is a relatively unknown to some but is a very talented two-way lineman. Ward (6-foot-4, 270 pounds, 5.03 in the 40-yard dash) said his Razorback experience Saturday night was an excellent one.

"I have been to War Memorial, but I've never had an experience like that," Ward said. "I had fun that I've never had before. Coach Tim Horton was the first person to meet me in the recruiting room and made me feel so welcome. I was impressed with him and all the other coaches. I felt a lot of peace."

Ward is considered an excellent blocker and also makes good plays on defense from his tackle spot.

"I do play both ways," Ward said. "My strength is my blocks on defensive linemen while blocking for my running backs."

Ward said while he plays at tackle on offense at Pottsville, he may be looking at a position change in college.

"My primary position in high school is offensive tackle," Ward said. "I'm probably looking at playing center or guard in college. I know Coach [Bobby] Petrino likes his tackles at Arkansas to be 6-6 or so. I like defensive line, but I will probably be an offensive lineman in college."

Ward said while he was at the Arkansas game Saturday night, he's keeping an open mind in recruiting though the Razorbacks are obviously in the mix.

"I have been an Arkansas fan since I don't even know how long," Ward said. "I would say Arkansas is definitely in my top two, but I'm not really favoring anyone right now. I also like Nebraska, Northwestern, Alabama and UCLA. Nebraska has been sending me stuff and I like Alabama. I don't have any favorites, I just like college football."

Ward said he feels he has the talent to play at the high Division-I level and is hoping to earn a bunch of scholarship offers.

"I'm pretty quick off the ball," Ward said. "I'm pretty strong and have a good bench press. My hips are pretty strong and I can keep up with the linebackers and stuff while blocking. My pass protection, I have worked on it. We run the ball a lot here, but I have been going to combines to learn my pass blocking. I was the runner-up pass blocker at the Ultimate 100 held at [Oklahoma]. The person who beat me is committed to Miami. I have been to combines at Searcy, Duncanville [Texas], camp at Arkansas and the camp at Arkansas State."

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