Florida prep star talks about official to Ole Miss

John Ware (LB/RB, Ft. Lauderdale, FL) - The University of Mississippi received an official visit from Cardinal Gibbon's product, John Ware, this past weekend.How did his visit go?


Player Profile

POSITION: RB/LB
SCHOOL: Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons (3A)
HEIGHT: 5-11
WEIGHT: 210
40 SPEED: 4.59
Bench: 300
Squat: 525
Vertical: 32.5"
Grades : 2.7 GPA / 710 SAT

HEAD COACH: Mike Morrill
www.floridakids.us Pre-Spring Rating for the state of Florida: 62

The following information was revealed during our interview with John Ware:

Which position are you projected to play on the next level? "Well, I could play either linebacker, safety, or running back. All three are hot right now."

Which position do you currently play for Cardinal Gibbons? "I play running back and linebacker."

Do you start both ways? "Yes sir."

How long have you been starting for Cardinal Gibbons? "For three years."

What are your strengths on the field? "I have very few weaknesses. I make up for a lot of plays with my speed. As far as high school, I am pretty big in size. I am quick off of the ball, and I play good man coverage. I can pretty much do it all."

What do you need to work on for the next level? "I need to stay in the weight room. My strength, speed, footwork, and just mainly keeping up with my speed training."

Did you garner any awards for your play last season? "I was named Team MVP, Super 11 by Sun Sentinel, All-Broward, and All-Metro."

What were your stats for your junior season? "I had 800 yards rushing and 6 TD's. I do not remember my receiving yards. On defense, I had 69 tackles and 1 pick."

What are your stats for this season? "In three games, I have 250 rushing yards and 3 TD's. I also have 80 receiving yards and 1 TD. I do not know my defensive stats, but I am our leading tackler."

Which colleges are currently recruiting you? "I am being recruited by N.C. State, Ole Miss, Colorado State, Wyoming, Auburn, Rutgers, Miami, and Syracuse."

Any early offers? "All of those schools have offered me except for Miami."

Who was the first school to offer you? "Either Auburn or North Carolina State. I can not remember."

Have you set up your official visits? "I just got back in from Ole Miss. I will most likely visit Colorado State for my last visit. I will go to North Carolina State in December and Rutgers after the season is over."

Who will most likely receive your last official visit? "Not sure, either Auburn or Syracuse."

Did your parents accompany you on your visit to Ole Miss? "No sir, they did not."

When did you arrive in Oxford and when did you leave? "I got there on Friday and left this afternoon."

Who was your host? "Patrick Willis. I love him. We just clicked."

What new did you learn about Ole Miss during your visit? "I saw they graduated 78& of their players. I want to major in Sports Medicine, and they have a good program. I also did not know they had won 2 national championships and 7 SEC titles. I was impressed by that. I liked their coaches a lot. They were always fired up. I liked their intensity. They fired me up just watching them on the sidelines. I also liked the walk of champions. That was the first time I have seen anything like that. It was pretty neat."

What stood out the most about Ole Miss during your trip? "Well, the first thing would be the hospitality. As soon as I first stepped out I was welcomed. I felt at home. It is like you leave your home and you are going to your other home. I really did not want to leave. I like the atmosphere there."

Did you meet with Coach Orgeron today? "I talked to him on the phone today, but I did not personally meet with him. I saw him plenty this weekend though. I met their whole staff over the course of the weekend."

Did Ole Miss ask you to commit? "No, they gave me propositions to come and asked when I thought I was going to make a commitment, but they never really put any pressure on me. They just wanted to know where they stood so they know what they needed to do."

And where does Ole Miss now stand? "That was just my first visit. You are generally going to have the school you just visited on top, and Ole Miss is on top right now. But I am trying to stay open, and they do not have a commanding lead. I am leaving all of my options open."

What is Ole Miss recruiting you to play? "Coach Orgeron thinks I will start out at safety and then possibly move to linebacker. He also said I was talented enough to go both ways and play some running back too. I am not being cocky, but not too many people can do what I can do on the football field."

To view the analysis of John's game, click here.

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