May 31, 2007

Spring Spotlight: Martin Ward

UGASports.com will be on the road Monday through Friday throughout the month of May. We will be visiting school after school to see some of the top prospects in the country go through spring practice. We will run the Spring Spotlight feature daily into June showing exclusive practice video, up close photos, and notes from practice. The prospect featured today is RB Martin Ward.

Prospect: Martin Ward

High School: Mt. Zion (Jonesboro, Ga.)

Class: 2008

Position: Running Back

Vitals: 5-11, 186-pounds, 4.53

Offers: Clemson, Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina

Favorites: Opened things up after committing to Georgia early.

The Skinny in Recruiting: The first school to offer Ward was the University of Georgia. They offered early last fall. He visited UGA for a couple of games and decided to give the Dawgs his verbal commitment. After a few more schools offered him, he started to waver on his commitment and he has now opened up totally to look at all schools. Georgia may still be the team to beat for Ward, but he plans to take his time and go through the recruiting process.

UGASports.com traveled over to Mt. Zion H.S. to see Ward in action this spring and he gets more impressive each time we see him. He is without a doubt one of the top backs in Georgia this year.

Spring Practice Observations: Ward showed great vision, good cut back ability, and great hands last fall. Those are some of the things he showed again this spring when watching him in practice. Another thing he showed immediately was toughness. He had a bad shoulder stinger the day before and it was obviously hurting bad the day we were there, but he never sat out. He would hold it, lean to the side, and sometimes roll around after landing on it, but he would bounce back up and continue through practice.

He also showed strong hands as they went through a drill where the coach tried to strip the football. Not only did Ward hold the ball tight, but he also bounced through the dummies showing light feet and balance. One of the biggest strengths for Ward are his hands and he showed them again when lining up at receiver during practice.



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