Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Georgetown High School’s Jordan Ward signed to play football at Charleston Southern University on June 6, hours before graduating.
“It’s a big accomplishment,” Ward said. “It seems like all the work I put in towards football, all the years I’ve been playing have finally paid off. I can play at the next level, which has been my dream for a long time.”
Ward set the school record for most tackles.
“Jordan had a great career here,” said coach Bradley Adams. “He was a very good linebacker for us and did a lot of great things for us in all phases of the game. He’s definitely going to be missed.”
Ward’s been playing football since he was 5 and knew his whole life he would play in college.
“My junior year is when I really buckled down and got serious about football so I could go to college and get a scholarship.”
Adams said Charleston Southern is a good fit for Ward.
“He’s going to have the opportunity to really be successful in something he’s worked for his whole life,” Adams said.
Ward’s dad, Mike, is an assistant coach on the football team.
“At times it was fun, but he treated me harder than he did the other players, because he expected more out of me.”
Ward’s not sure if he wants to study sports management or sports medicine.
His advice to his younger teammates: study hard.
“I believe if you work hard in the classroom everything else with fall into place.”