All-State football team: Lawton defensive end D.J. Ward already rated among nation's best at his position

D.J. WARD — The only junior on The Oklahoman's All-State football first team already has scholarship offers lined up from some of the nation's top programs.
By RYAN ABER, Staff Writer, raber@opubco.com Published: January 1, 2012

One conversation with a Division I assistant last year opened his eyes to just how high the ceiling is for Ward.

“Every D-I coach that's seen him has offered him,” Breeze said. “One, though, came through and said, ‘My job this week is to go see the six best defensive ends in the country and he's the one.”

Ward's offers include OU, OSU, Texas A&M, Oregon State, Baylor, Kansas State and Texas Tech. More figure to come over the offseason as he continues to garner attention.

“I definitely wasn't ready for it,” Ward said of the attention. “About the end of my sophomore year, I realized coaches were starting to look.”

Ward shrugs off most of the attention, though.

“I just picked up a lot and guess I caught some people's eyes,” he said.

His fellow All-State defensive end, Patrick Diaz, like most who've played with or against Ward, though, is more effusive.

“I'm sure he'll make it to the NFL and make the big bucks,” Diaz said. “He's such a great guy and a great player.”


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