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Denzel Ward talks about his commitment to Ohio State

Nordonia (OH) athlete/cornerback Denzel Ward talks about his commitment to Ohio State.

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Ohio State's commitment roll continued today as they picked up their fourth commitment in three days in the form of Nordonia (OH) athlete/cornerback Denzel Ward, who committed immediately after earning a scholarship offer from the Buckeyes following a stellar performance at the OSU camp today.

Ward had been talking to the Ohio State coaching staff for awhile and performed well enough in camp to earn the scholarship offer he coveted.

"I had been talking to Coach (Kerry) Coombs and Coach (Ed) Warinner for awhile now," Ward said. "We talked about how I needed to get my grades up and I did that. I've been doing everything they told me to do. I came to camp, thought I did well and they offered."

Later in the interview he went a little more in depth on how his commitment went down.

"Ohio State offered me and it was really exciting," he said. "Coach Coombs pulled me to the side to the room with coach Meyer and we just talked about what I had to do and what was going on."

"It (the commitment) felt great," he stated. "It was just a good feeling and I'll always remember it."

When asked why he committed to the Buckeyes immediately after he was offered, Ward had a very simple answer.

"I just like the facilities and the coaches a lot," he said when asked why he committed to play his college football for Ohio State.

"I've watched them ever since I was little and wanted to play in the Big Ten," he admitted. "That was my chance (to achieve my goal)."

The in-state speedster has built a very good relationship with corners coach Kerry Coombs, who will likely be his position coach at the college level.

"I've hooked in with Coach Coombs. We're getting pretty close," he continued. "He's got a lot of excitement in him. A lot of energy."

Ward said he knew he wanted to be a Buckeye ever since he took his first visit to Columbus back in March.

"Yes. They showed me around the facility, I talked to the coaches, and it was a really good feeling," Ward said when asked if he knew he wanted to be a Buckeye on his first trip to Columbus.

Some recruits would feel quite a bit of pressure going into such an important camp. However, Ward says that was not the case for him.

"There wasn't much pressure," he said. "I just came out and tried to work hard."

Over the next year he's going to continue to work hard in order to get better on the football field and to ready himself for college.

"Just going to RAW talent, doing training, and lifting with coaches at our practices," he continued. "I feel like I need to get bigger and stronger. That's what the coaches told me."

With the commitment of Ward, the Buckeyes have landed six players from the state of Ohio and nine in the 2015 recruiting class as a whole.

Land-Grant Holy Land will have more on his commitment later tonight.