Florida leads for Denzel Ward

Florida is looking to add four to five offensive linemen in the Class of 2014 and the Gators already have two commitments from Benjamin Knox and Travaris Dorsey.

One of the top targets left on their board is Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy Denzel Ward who announced his leader yesterday.

“Florida is my leader in my recruitment,” Ward said. “I don’t plan to decide right now though; I plan to wait until December.”

Ward has visited Florida only once, but he has already developed a strong relationship with the coaching staff and is one of their top commitments for 2014.

“The reason they are my leader is because of my connection with them,” Ward said. “I like how hard they’ve been recruiting and how much I love the campus and how I’ve been making connections with the other recruits. Will Grier, the quarterback that is committed, is actually a close friend of mine and because he graduates in December, like me, if I decide to go to Florida he is a possible roommate for me at Florida.”

The 6-foot-9, 285-pound Ward talks a lot with the coaching staff at Florida, especially Will Muschamp, and he sees they desire to win through those conversations.

“They want to win badly at Florida,” Ward said. “I really like how they really like my strides of improvement and my chance to produce early. Coach Muschamp talks to me all the time about being a part of multiple national championship runs if I was to choose Florida and that excites me a lot.”

Ward is planning to visit Florida for a spring practice but he isn’t sure yet of a date. He is sure of when he will take his official visit to Florida.

“I’m not sure of when I’ll make it up to Florida this spring yet,” Ward said. “But my official visit is set for November 30th when they play the Chippewas, I mean the Seminoles.”

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Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for Rivals.com, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.