Notre Dame's Ware inks with Louisiana College
By Chris Quebedeaux
CROWLEY – Nick Ware became Notre Dame’s second college football signee of 2009 Wednesday when he inked a national letter of intent to play for the Louisiana College Wildcats in Pineville.
Ware joins senior linebacker Seth Fruge, who signed his letter of intent earlier this year with the LSU Tigers.
“Louisiana College is a great school,” said Ware. “I went on a visit and the coaches just make you feel right at home. That’s what I felt, just that home vibe and that made my decision that much easier.
“Today is a big day for me and I have to thank the good Lord first of all. But, also, I have to thank my family, my friends and my coaches. If it wasn’t for them, I don’t think I’d be in this position right now.”
Ware started at cornerback for the last two seasons at Notre Dame, earning 5-AAA All-District and All-Acadia Parish honors this past year.
During his senior campaign, Ware helped lead the Pios to an undefeated regular season as well as an appearance in the Class AAA state title game.
“I thought Nick had an outstanding season for us this year,” said Notre Dame coach Lewis Cook. “He was very consistent. He’s probably one of the hardest-working guys that we have had come through here.”
Despite being small in stature (5-foot-6, 140-pounds), Ware logged 11 tackles, five assists, three tackles for a loss, four pass break ups and two interceptions while covering the opponents’ top receivers.
“Nick was our cover guy,” said Cook. “He played our cover corner where when we had somebody we needed to put a guy that could lock on them a little bit, Nick was the guy that did that for us. He has great quickness and that’s why he is a good corner. He can change direction, he’s very athletic, smart, and dedicated to it.
“As the season winded down, he decided that he wanted to keep it going. Obviously size wise, it limited where he could go. But his work ethic and his athleticism gave him a chance to play at a smaller school.”
Ware will become the third Notre Dame graduate to play football for the Wildcats. Former Pios standouts Joey Desormeaux and Hayden Keigley both suited up for Louisiana College.
“Louisiana College’s program is coming up and they’re looking for some kids that have been in good programs,” said Cook. “Obviously, with it being a private school, the transition will be easier for Nick than it might be for some other guys. I think he’s a good fit for them. He can go there and contribute to their program and have a chance to get on the field probably before too long. I think he made a good decision. Him wanting to play and them giving him that opportunity, I think it is going to work well for both of them.”
Ware will playing for another legendary coach in former Evangel skipper Dennis Dunn. He was recruited by offensive coordinator Sherard Poteete, but Ware plans to remain on the defensive side of the ball.
“Their defense is different from Notre Dame’s, but it fits what I’m capable of doing and I really like it,” said Ware. “Last year, they were very highly ranked in their conference in the secondary. So going to play for them, it’s almost like you’re expected to be able to play. It’s a good feeling.”
Nick is the son of Eddie and Jan Ware of Rayne.