Three-star running back eyes Louisville

Martin Ward

Martin Ward, a three-star running back from Jonesboro, Georgia, took his SAT last month. Now, the 5'10, 190-pound running back is looking to schedule some official visits. Four schools, including Louisville, are in the mix to land Ward. Where do things stand with Louisville?

Martin Ward, a three-star running back from Jonesboro, Georgia, took his SAT last month. Now, the 5'10, 190-pound running back is looking to schedule some official visits. Four schools, including Louisville, are in the mix to land Ward.

"I'm just waiting to get in touch with the coaches so I can get a visit scheduled down there," Ward said about Louisville.

Louisville running back coach Tony Alford has been recruiting Ward for the Cardinals and has made a positive impression on the Mount Zion standout.

"Coach Alford is incredible," Ward said. "I haven't talked to him in a minute. It's probably been a couple of weeks. The last time we talked I was just getting to know him and talking about scheduling a visit to get down there to Louisville."

Ward is taking his time navigating the recruiting process. He's narrowed his choices down to four programs: South Carolina, Louisville, Clemson and North Carolina. At this point, Ward has not taken any visits, though he said that he has an official visit scheduled to South Carolina "sometime in January."

Ward said South Carolina and Louisville are recruiting him the hardest and he gives a slight edge to the Gamecocks for their diligence toward his recruitment. How will Ward pick a school? "I want to meet the team and the coaches and see the campus. I want to get the full experience on my visits and let that help me decide where I go."

"I'm waiting to take my visits before I finalize my decision," added Ward.

Here's what Ward had to say about South Carolina and Louisville:

South Carolina: "They are close to home," he said. "Their scheme is just like what we ran in high school. I wouldn't have to learn that much. I talk to their coach about every other day and they have shown a lot of interest."

Louisville: "I just started watching Louisville because they are recruiting me," Ward said. "They said they can use me in their (offensive) package and I like their scheme and how they use their running backs. That's why I'm giving them the love. And I like Coach Alford. He's real cool."

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