D.J. Ward, the No. 1 player in the state for the 2013 class and an OU commitment, is moving again.
Whether he'll be eligible to play at his new school, though, remains in the air.
Ward left Douglass and enrolled in Southmoore on Thursday morning.
SaberCats coach Jeff Brickman said he didn't know anything about the move until he received an email from the school counselor Thursday morning.
“They said there was a new student and his mother enrolling and that he played football and they wanted to meet me,” Brickman said.
Ward did not practice with Southmoore on Thursday in their final walk-through before the season opener against Carl Albert on Friday.
Gaining eligibility at Southmoore could be an issue, though, because Ward had to file a hardship waiver with the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association in order to play at Douglass.
The waiver was needed when the Ward family moved from Lawton to the Southmoore district while waiting for a house in the Douglass district.
Demetrius Ward Sr., D.J.'s father, remains an ROTC instructor at Douglass.
With the decision to go to Southmoore, he'll have to file another hardship waiver with the OSSAA, one that figures to be much more difficult to get approved.
Ward's eligibility at Douglass was set by his participation for Douglass in last week's Oklahoma City Preview scrimmage.
Even with an approved waiver, Ward would have to sit out for the first two games after the transfer.
He would be eligible to return for the third game of the season against Moore.
Brickman said he didn't know enough about Ward's situation to know how the OSSAA would rule.
“I haven't had much time to find out about it,” Brickman said. “I'm just so enthusiastic to coach my first game as a head coach.
“But the family seems like good people. He was very respectful in my meeting with him.”
The defensive end was expected to play for Douglass in Friday's season opener at Tulsa Washington.
The No. 1 player on The Oklahoman's Super 30 list of the state's top recruits, Ward had 75 tackles and 11 sacks last year. The 6-foot-3, 245-pounder was the only junior on The Oklahoman All-State team.