Thursday, January 24, 2013
What Does the Future Hold for Denzel Ward?
Denzel Ward committed to Michigan back in October while visiting for the Michigan State game becoming the 2nd member of Team 135, joining Michael Ferns. At 6'9", Ward has a ton of potential with the possibility of some risk as well. Whether you love or hate the idea of having an offensive tackle that tall, Ward committed and was welcomed by the Maize and Blue faithful. Since then, news surrounding Ward has not been very positive in the eyes of Wolverine fans. About a month and a half after his commitment the Buckeyes decided he was worthy of an offer as well and Ward seemed intrigued by that. Over the next couple of weeks Arizona State and Florida also offered and he seemed really intrigued by that. In fact, he liked the Florida offer so much that he decided to take an unofficial visit to check out Gainesville. That is supposed to be against Brady Hoke's policy, but Ward reportedly discussed the visit prior to going and got the OK from Michigan's head coach. There is still a little bit of confusion surrounding that situation. Ward then went on to the Underclassmen All-American Combine and put up the lowest bench press number for an offensive linemen. (On a good note, Ward did receive praise for his athleticism, quick feet, and lean frame for nearly 300 lbs.) Just over a week ago it was reported that Ward had actually moved to Florida to attend the IMG Academy in Bradenton to hone his skills and prepare for college. Since this move was not very long after his visit to the University of Florida that didn't sit too well with many Michigan fans. Finally, the most recent bit of negative news came just days ago when Ward was left very disappointed after Coach Borges stopped by IMG Academy. Throughout the day leading up to Coach Borges' visit Ward exhibited excitement via Twitter about the offensive coordinator coming by. I talked to Denzel after Borges had left and asked him how the visit went and he said, "It didn't go too well." It turns out that Coach Borges spent the bulk of his time talking about and watching fellow 2014 recruit and IMG classmate QB Michael O'Connor. Ward felt left out and said "Coach didn't talk to me.....at all." Clearly distraught, that was the last text I received from Denzel. Ward has told me several times he is still solid to Michigan but a lot of these things suggest otherwise. Right now he is still listed as a commit, but I think this saga is far from over.