Last night the story broke on local news station KAUZ in Wichita Falls, Texas that Eric Ward, a 6-foot-0, 190-pound wide receiver from Rider High had made the decision to enroll early at Texas Tech.
It is not big news that Ward decided to enroll early, as prep players are doing that more and more to get an early jump at playing time, but it was big news because the four-star receiver had been committed to the University of Oklahoma for nine months and was set to begin classes in Norman next week.
Ward is the third highly touted player from Rider High to switch his commitment in the last year.
Last season safety Markelle Martin made a verbal pledge to Texas A&M and Oklahoma before settling on Oklahoma State.
This year quarterback Shavodrick Beaver committed to Michigan and made a late switch to Tulsa and now Ward has changed from OU to Tech.
Ward did not pull any punches when the news broke and he informed the Times Record News that OU’s conference worst 46% graduation rate was the main reasoning behind the switch.
“I want a degree,” Ward said to Times Record News reporter Zach Duncan “Football is not going to last forever.”
Ward was named as the 5A-4 District MVP in 2008 after hauling in 46 passes for 737 yards and five scores.