OU football: Lawton standout D.J. Ward commits to Sooners

D.J. Ward didn't make the drive to Norman on Saturday expecting to commit to Oklahoma. But once the defensive end from Lawton High sat down with his father and Bobby Jack Wright, he decided it was time to make his commitment.
by Ryan Aber Published: April 14, 2012
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D.J. Ward didn't make the drive to Norman on Saturday expecting to commit to Oklahoma.

But once the defensive end from Lawton High sat down with his father and Bobby Jack Wright, he decided it was time to make his commitment to the Sooners.

“It just felt right,” Ward said. “Just sitting down with them and talking, I felt comfortable and made the decision.”

Ward becomes the fourth commitment for the Sooners for The 2013 class and the second defensive end, joining Matt Dimon of Katy, Texas. The other two commitments, Greg Bryant and Keith Ford, are running backs.

Dimon was also in Norman on Saturday for the OU spring game.

Ward is the No. 1 player on The Oklahoman's Super 30 list of the top in-state recruits for 2013. He was an Oklahoman All-State selection as a junior after recording 75 tackles and 11 sacks.

Ward (6-foot-4, 235 pounds) has been a target of the Sooners' coaching staff for awhile, picking up an offer from OU early in his junior year.

He figures to have a chance to contribute quickly in Norman.

“The coaches told me they want to put me in the system as soon as I get there,” Ward said. “I want to play immediately.”

Ward's offers included Auburn, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Tulsa.

He was in Norman for most OU home games last season.

“I always enjoy being there,” Ward said. “It's a great place.”

For now, Ward is working out, “just trying to get a little bit stronger and a little bit faster.”

The Oklahoman's Super 30 for 2013

1. D.J. Ward, defensive end, Lawton, 6-4, 235

2. Brayden Scott, quarterback, Sequoyah-Tahlequah, 6-2, 195

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by Ryan Aber
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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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