"It had to be a difficult decision," Providence coach Mark Coglianese said. "I'm sure Northwestern was probably his second choice. (Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald) is a great guy, and he's doing well there. I think (Ryan is) making a decision based on his future and maybe to get out of his brother's wings a bit."
Ward is ranked the No. 34th offensive tackle in the country by ESPN Recruiting.
"He's very athletic," Coglianese said. "He's got good size, but he's got a body where he can put on 30-40 pounds. He moves well. He's certainly a hard worker. He's always in the weight room. I think he has a lot of upside. I think Iowa sees that. With the tools he has and the coaching Iowa has, he should have a great future."
Iowa now has seven Class of 2012 commitments.
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