Recruiting notebook: Treshaun Ward still looking for D-I home

The Tampa Bay Tech three-star running back may see an uptick in interest after he plays in the upcoming International Bowl.
Tampa Bay Tech's Treshaun Ward (1) runs the ball during a game last season against Plant City.  (TAILYR IRVINE | Times)
Tampa Bay Tech's Treshaun Ward (1) runs the ball during a game last season against Plant City. (TAILYR IRVINE | Times)
Published January 11
Updated January 11

It has been nearly two months since Tampa Bay Tech running back Treshaun Ward decommitted from Maryland.

His decision, made via Twitter, came weeks after the Terrapins fired coach DJ Durkin. Offensive lineman Jordan McNair's died from heatstroke during a workout in May.

Ward has never commented on the reason for leaving, but the uncertainty with the staff after Durkin's dismissal took its toll with prospects. Jefferson receiver Ahmarean Brown backed out of his commitment to Maryland the same day as Ward.

Brown has already made his plans official, signing with Georgia Tech during the early signing period in December.

Ward is still trying to figure out his future home.

The three-star recruit has visits scheduled with Toledo and Western Kentucky at the end of the month. Titans coach Jayson Roberts said schools from power conferences could come through with offers soon, especially now that the dead period has ended.

Still, Roberts is puzzled why more colleges have not shown interest in his standout 5-foot-9, 182-pound running back, who ran for 1,118 yards and 14 touchdowns while playing in just nine games.

"I'm extremely surprised he doesn't have more schools to pick from at this point," Roberts said. "It happens. Unlike say receivers, I know most schools only like to take one to two running backs in each recruiting cycle. Treshaun committed pretty early and removed himself from the recruiting process for such a long time before putting himself back on the market.

"It was late, and that hurt. Hopefully, we'll see things change for him in the next few weeks."

Ward already is used to playing on a big stage. Last summer, he was selected to play for the U.S. national team in the IFAF U-19 World Championships. Ward ran for two touchdowns in the bronze-medal game, helping the U.S. team beat Sweden 61-9.

His performance helped land him a roster spot for the U-19 U.S. national team's game against Tamaulipas in the International Bowl, held Jan. 18 at AT&T Stadium in Dallas.

That game could give Ward more college exposure.

"We know that Treshaun will be playing in college," Roberts said. "We're just hoping some bigger schools come after him."

No notoriety

The numbers Nature Coast running back Mike Weston had this past season were staggering. The Tampa Bay Times' North Suncoast offensive player of the year was the second-leading rusher in the state, finishing with 2,893 yards and 34 touchdowns.

Weston also has done well in the classroom, boasting a 3.0 grade-point average.

Those stats, though, have done nothing to boost the recruiting profile for the hard-nosed runner.

The only offer Weston (6-0, 220) has so far is from Montana State, a Division I-AA school.

"I know it's crazy, and I don't know why," Sharks coach Cory Johns said.

The only other school that has showed any interest is Georgia Southern, but only as a tight end.

"The bigger Division I schools say it's his top end speed, but the smaller Division I schools sometimes just don't respond to texts or emails," Johns said.

Seither in demand

Clearwater Central Catholic's Brett Seither, one of the top remaining tight ends in the country, has narrowed his list of schools to Georgia, Georgia Tech, Maryland, Miami, Michigan State and Texas Christian. Though that was before receiving offers from Alabama and Penn State on Friday.

All of the schools are recruiting Seither as a tight end.

The three-star recruit is the No. 43 tight end in the country, according to 247Sports' composite list.

Seither has already visited Michigan State and TCU. He is still setting up more visits.

A decision will not be made until signing day in February. Among those making a decision the same day will be teammate Jerjuan Newton, who is currently deciding between Georgia State, Southern Mississippi and Toledo. Newton also could end up getting an offer from Florida Atlantic.