RB, 6-3, 215, Brenham, Texas (Brenham HS)
Lester Ward was one of the final committments in Nebraska's 2008 signing class, joining the Husker class late last week. Ward is a talented all-around athlete, who has outstanding speed and versatility. The 6-3, 215-pound Ward was slowed by injury during his senior season, but managed to help Coach Glen West's team to an 8-3 record and a district title by rushing for 1,200 yards. Ward was honored for his work as he was a second-team all-district pick. Ward played a key role for the Cubs in 2006, helping Brenham to a 12-2 record and a trip to the third round of the 4A state playoffs. Ward rushed for 972 yards and had about 200 receiving yards in 2006, despite missing four games, to earn him second-team all-district accolades. Ward also saw action for Brenham High as a freshman and sophomore. In addition to his football talents, Ward is a top-flight track athlete. Ward competes in the hurdles and the triple jump for Brenham and has seen success on the state and national levels. Ward was second in the 110 high hurdles at the state track meet as a freshman and sophomore. He also finished second in the high hurdles and fifth in the triple jump at the Junior Olympics before his sophomore year of high school. Ward is also strong in the classroom, as he has earned academic all-district honors in both 2006 and 2007. Ward is listed as the No. 43 prospect on the Houston Chronicle's Greater Houston Top 100, as well as being a member of the newspaper's Texas Top 100. He is also listed among the top 70 players in Texas by SuperPrep Magazine. Ward also visited TCU, Baylor and Missouri before deciding on Nebraska. Ward comes to the Husker program from the same high school as NU defensive back Shawn Sullivan, who redshirted in first season in the program in 2007. Ward is the son of Lester Sr. and Belene Ward and was born on Sept. 11, 1989. Lester Sr. played collegiately at Baylor and professionally for the Dallas Cowboys.