TAMPA — Tampa Bay Tech had seven players sign national letters of intent on Wednesday morning, but running back Treshaun Ward was not one of them. Ward, who gained 1,118 yards and scored 14 touchdowns as a senior, transferred back to Plant City after the football season. Ward decommitted from Maryland in November and was eventually offered by Florida State as a preferred walk-on.
“He’s just going to sign from home," TBT coach Jayson Roberts said. “He’s at Plant City now so it would’ve been a long commute. And Plant City wasn’t going to let him do it there."
The signing day ceremony at Tech went on without Ward.
Trevaughn Banks signed with Eastern New Mexico University, Isaiah Stephens with Charleston Southern, Chris Daniels with Florida Tech, Jeremiah Brown with Campbell University, Tyrese Hall with Mississippi Valley State, Joseph Lock with New Mexico Military Institute and Joe Lewis with Florida Atlantic.
Lewis, a linebacker, was the lone player to sign with a Division I-A school. He is also a baseball player and said he will try to play both sports in college. In fact, there was a time when he thought baseball would be his ticket to the next level.
“As a freshman I thought I’d be going to college to play baseball," Lewis said. “I love football. I played it as a freshman but then as a sophomore I shied away from it. I was trying to focus on baseball. But the coaches got me back into it. I just felt the love for it again."
Lewis said he knew FAU was the place after his official visit. He had a few other offers from out of state schools but is relieved he can stay in the state.
“It’s amazing," he said. “I can be close to my family and they can come see me play."