Greg Ward (Tyler, Texas/John Tyler) has never been the guy who wants to play one position. He just wanted to be the guy to play college football.
So when Houston offered the 5-foot-11, 165-pound athlete – a player who has flourished at quarterback – a scholarship to play either receiver or defensive back, Ward chose not to pout but to celebrate. He was getting a chance to do what he always wanted.
Ward verbally committed to Houston on Wednesday, becoming the Cougars’ seventh commitment of the 2013 recruiting class. Ward was recruited as an athlete by cornerbacks coach Spavital and offensive line coach Lee Hayes.
Ward chose Houston over offers from Memphis and Rice and interest from Texas Tech, SMU and TCU.
“It was just the environment there whenever I visited,” Ward said. “They’ve been in the lead since probably the end of the season. Everything about the city and school, I liked. I feel like it can be a great place for me to be a student-athlete.”
Ward added that playing quarterback in college won’t be an issue – but don’t be surprised if the Cougars set up a couple of passing plays for him, particularly if he lines up at receiver. Ward threw for 3,596 yards, 32 touchdowns and only five interceptions as a junior, leading John Tyler to the Texas Class 4A Division I semifinals last season.
Ward’s passing accuracy was outstanding, as he completed 73 percent of his passes in 2011. In John Tyler’s state-quarterfinal game against Sherman (Texas), he completed 26 of 27 passes, including his first 20 attempts.
Ward said stepping away from quarterback to learn a different position won’t be a problem. Choosing if he wants to play offense or defense may be more of a question.
“They said it’s going to be my decision,” Ward said. “I’ll play either DB or receiver. I think I’m more comfortable as a receiver.
“It’s cool. I don’t really mind either one. I just want to play college.”
Ward is fresh off helping John Tyler win the inaugural Camp of Conquerors 7-on-7 tournament at Cedar Hill (Texas) High School over the weekend. John Tyler defeated five solid teams on Sunday to take the championship.