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OU commit D.J. Ward enrolls at Southmoore

by Ryan Aber Published: August 30, 2012

/articleid/3705486/1/pictures/1784336">Photo - High school football player D.J. Ward poses for a photo at his Lawton, Okla., home on Thursday, July 19, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
High school football player D.J. Ward poses for a photo at his Lawton, Okla., home on Thursday, July 19, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

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.

by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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