UNC Football: Ryan Ward commits to North Carolina

The UNC football program has added some New Jersey talent to its 2024 recruiting class, as tight end Ryan Ward announced his commitment.

Mack Brown and the UNC football program have added a tenth player to its 2024 recruiting class.

The latest addition to the recruiting class is Ryan Ward, a three-star tight end out of Rutherford, New Jersey. Currently, 247Sports Composite tabs the 6-foot-4, 240-pound tight end as the No. 16 overall ranked prospect out of his home state.

Although he’s viewed as a tight end, Ward is a two-way impact player for his high school program. Ward played a big role in the Bulldogs’ 10-1 season, one in which the program captured an NJIC championship while falling just short in the North Jersey, Section 1, Group 2 state finals.

Ward was in attendance for the Tar Heels spring football game on Saturday, and his commitment decision came just a day later. Before pledging to North Carolina, Ward received interest from various programs, including Duke, Georgia Tech, Syracuse, Virginia, and Virginia Tech.

Brown and his staff have been showing interest in some of New Jersey’s best high school prospects. Along with Ward, North Carolina has also extended an offer to three-star athlete Kaj Sanders (Bergen Catholic, Oradell, New Jersey).

We’ll have to wait and see if Ward is the start of a pipeline from New Jersey to Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

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