MEMPHIS, Tenn. – ESPN Watch List quarterback Luke Ward (Decaturville, Tenn./Riverside) struggled with accuracy and interceptions as a junior, but took a step on Sunday toward improvement as a senior.
Ward said he threw the football well in his first such event since last summer on Sunday at the Nike Football Training Camp in Memphis. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound prospect for the Class of 2014 threw for 1,411 yards and 13 touchdowns in 10 games as a junior.
He awaits his first scholarship offer.
“Everybody’s been telling me to wait on it, be patient, so that’s what I’m trying to do,” Ward said. “It’s hard, but I hope when that first one rolls around, they’ll pick up.”
Quarterbacks traditionally commit early. Last year, 24 of the 25 quarterbacks selected to the Elite 11 finals had pledged to a college by July before their senior seasons. Top players nationally at the position such as A.J. Long (Lebanon, Tenn./Friendship Christian), Caleb Henderson (Burke, Va./Lake Braddock), Clayton Thorson (Wheaton, Ill./North) and Justice Hansen (Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe) have committed in recent weeks.
“There’s a select few guys who get out there and get their stuff exposed nationally,” Ward said. “I’m just waiting for it all to start.”
Joseph Willis (Philadelphia, Miss./Neshoba Central) was named MVP among quarterbacks at the Memphis NFTC.
Ward said he’s heard from Louisville and remains interested in Mississippi State, though he’s lost some contact with the Bulldogs. Other schools to show interest recently include Ole Miss, Illinois and North Texas.