Bruce Feldman breaks down latest on recruitment of Cam Ward

20200517_134556by:Justin Rudolph12/14/23

Fox Sports insider Bruce Feldman was a recent guest on the Rich Eisen Show and the transfer portal was a hot topic.

This year’s Heisman Trophy ceremony featured three quarterbacks that were former transfers that found immense success with their new program. In this year’s transfer market, several quarterbacks could fit that mold.

But who is the biggest fish in the sea during this transfer portal window? According to Feldman, like this year’s Heisman trophy winner Jayden Daniels, it is another former Pac-12 quarterback who is on everybody’s wish list.

“The quarterback market is crazy right now,” started Feldman. “Probably the biggest name in there now is Cameron Ward, who started his career at a small school, Incarnate Word, in [San Antonio], Texas. [He] put up huge numbers, followed his offense coordinator to Pullman, and put up really good numbers in the Pac-12. Some of the things we’re hearing is, if you want to be in the Cam Ward market, you may have to pay $1.5 million.”

Ward spent two seasons on The Palouse after transferring in from Division II Incarnate Word. He started 25 games for the Cougars, throwing for more than 6,400 yards and 43 touchdowns while adding 11 more scores on the ground.

“He’s a guy who could go to the NFL, but I don’t think he would be one of those top guys right now. I mean, he’s got good size, can extend plays, and got a quick release, but he’s been a little inconsistent,” Feldman continued. “But he also doesn’t have the talent around him; some of these other guys who are on the top of the draft probably do.”

Ward has visited a number of programs and is currently visiting Mario Cristobal and the Miami Hurricanes. However, Feldman believes that there is a consistent player and the national championship picture that might consider taking a look at Ward.

“He’s visiting Miami right now. Is he a guy that Ohio State tries to jump in on?” Feldman asked. “I mean, there’s been a lot of speculation about where else he could be going. I know they have some optimism about Devin Brown, who is a younger quarterback who’s gonna play Missouri in the Cotton Bowl. So we’ll see because, I mean, the bar in Columbus for quarterback play is sky-high.”

With Kyle McCord electing to enter the NCAA transfer portal, Ohio State and head coach Ryan Day will now turn to their former five-star recruit Devin Brown to lead the offense against Missouri in the Cotton Bowl. The game will be a huge test for Brown. And if Feldman is correct, his play could go a long way into determining whether or not Ohio State jumps into the Ward sweepstakes if he’s still available.