Andrew Ward committed to Nebraska on Dec. 25, 2016, choosing the Huskers over Indiana and Iowa State. He announced his commitment on Twitter.
“I love Nebraska — I love Nebraska’s traditions,” Ward said in the days leading up to his commitment.
Ward took his first visit to Nebraska for the spring game in April. That same weekend, he also took a visit to Iowa State. He returned to Lincoln on an official visit for the Oregon game on Sept. 17, and then tweeted he loved his time in Lincoln. He later added that his mom liked NU just as much when she came on the official visit.
When the Huskers offered Ward on March 3, 2016, they were the fourth school to extend a scholarship, joining Western Michigan, Central Michigan and Iowa State. His offer list — which included Penn State, Virginia Tech, Arizona and others — was nearing double-digits when he chose NU.
The linebacker prospect out of Muskegon (Mich.) High School — whose mascot is, coincidentally, the Big Reds — was a two-way player, also playing running back. According to MLive.com, he led Muskegon with 52 solo tackles and 70 assists, and he went on to be named captain of the All-Division 3 defensive team by the Detroit Free Press and was the Muskegon Chronicle's defensive player of the year. The Big Reds went on to earn 2016 runner-up status with a 29-28 loss to Orchard Lake St. Mary's in the Michigan Division 3 championship.
Prior to his senior season, Ward told a Michigan prep sports website that one of his strengths was that he loved to study film. "I study the game and film so much that I'm always 2 steps ahead of the offense," he said.
Here's Ward's announcement of his commitment on Twitter:
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