By Brandon Speck/Monroe Journal
ABERDEEN – Alabama coach Nick Saban will likely be game-planning for the BCS National Championship Game very soon.
A second date against LSU is seemingly inevitable for the title game scheduled for the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Jan. 9.
Before flying off to Atlanta for Saturday’s SEC Championship though, Saban, who has led both LSU and Alabama to National Championships, was in Aberdeen Thursday afternoon hoping to convince Aberdeen senior defensive star Channing Ward to become a part of the chase next season.
Ward, a 6-foot-4, 255-pounder whose size and sub-4.5 speed may have him suited for a linebacker at Alabama, also has the tools many think to play defensive end or tight end.
He has a pair of All-Star games to focus on now, the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game Dec. 10 in Montgomery and the Under Armour All-America Game Jan. 5 in St. Petersburg, Fla.
His top five hasn’t yet changed, a list of 20-plus offers that includes the two potential national championship players, as well as last season’s National Champions, Bama, Auburn, LSU, Mississippi State and Ole Miss.
“I’ve always looked at Alabama, just the vibe and the winning season,” Ward said. “I wanted to see how (Coach Saban) is in person. Everybody says he’s too straight business. It seems like he’s got another side to him but being all business is good.”