UPDATE: Ward picks Ole Miss

By Brandon Speck/Monroe Journal


Aberdeen’s Channing Ward just committed to Ole Miss to play college football.

Ward made the announcement at the Under Armor All-American game in St. Petersburg, Fla. Thursday.

“I feel like I’ll be home and I get to play with my brother.” Ward said in an interview with ESPN.

More on this story at DJournal.com and in the NEMS Daily Journal and Monroe Journal newspapers. Monroe Journal sports editor Brandon Speck, who first reported Ward’s decision, and Adam Gore are at the game reporting for the Daily Journal and Monroe Journal.

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First report at 4:30 p.m. today.

All eyes of Southeastern recruiting were locked on Aberdeen’s Channing Ward Thursday before the Under Armor All-American game in St. Petersburg, Fla. Thursday.

Sources close to Ward told the Monroe Journal he will commit to Ole Miss. Ward will play in the Under Armor All-American game scheduled for tonight at 6:30 p.m. in St. Petersburg on ESPN.

Fans will tune in to see where stars like the 6‘4, 250-pound four-star Aberdeen defensive end will continue their football careers.

Ward will have hats representing Alabama, Ole Miss and Mississippi State sitting on his table during an interview tonight at the game tonight, he will pick up the Ole Miss hat to indicate his commitment to join the Rebels and his brother Taurus Ward next season in Oxford.

Ward had 117 tackles with 16 sacks during his senior season at Aberdeen, which finished 7-6 and were eliminated in the second round of the MHSAA Class 3A State playoffs after advancing to back-to-back state championship games.

His brother, a junior defensive tackle, red shirted in 2010 after transferring to Ole Miss from Itawamba Community College.

Ward’s verbal commitment is non-binding and not official until Feb. 1 when he can sign a letter of intent with the Rebels.

He had more than 20 scholarship offers, taking official recruiting trips to Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Ole Miss, and Mississippi State. Other offers included: Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Memphis, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Southern Miss, and Tennessee.