Channing Ward Recruiting Diary Oct. 14, 2011

By Brandon Speck/Monroe Journal

ABERDEEN – LSU, Ole Miss and Mississippi State were on the phone Thursday before Channing Ward could get his pads on for practice.

The senior defensive tackle chatted with them all, then sat down to talk about his week in recruiting and what impressions he left with after seeing his first LSU game in person Saturday.

Alabama kept contact this week too.

“I’ve been talking to them like crazy the last couple weeks,” the 6-foot-4, 255-pounder said of his suitors. “Back and forth, back and forth, back and forth.”

Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen and defensive coordinator Chris Wilson are making a trip to Aberdeen tonight to see Ward.

Mullen was here in week three last season to watch the recruit during the Amory game. Ole Miss sent associate head coach Gunter Brewer and defensive line coach Terry Price to this year’s game at Amory .

LSU coach Les Miles was reportedly on the way to see Ward on Sept. 16 against West Bolivar but didn’t make it.

With Southeastern Conference head coaches in the stands, Ward said it doesn’t affect the way he thinks on the field.

“I don’t look at it like that. Even if I do bad, he still knows what I can do,” Ward said. “I just look at it as another person in the stands watching and that I have to do better than the other guys on the field.”

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