Channing Ward Recruiting Diary Sept. 23, 2011

By Brandon Speck/Monroe Journal

Mississippi State, LSU, Alabama and Oklahoma all made sure to contact Channing Ward, more so his mother over the last week.

Ward was originally scheduled to visit Oklahoma as the nation’s top team hosts Missouri Saturday but plans fell through as Oklahoma wants the 6-foot-4, 255-pound senior to pay an official visit in January.

So can the highly-offered Ward wait until January to make a decision?

“I’ll probably have committed way before that,” Ward said as Aberdeen dressed for a Thursday walk-through prior to Friday’s game at Louisville.

He said he’s likely to take in No. 14 Arkansas at No. 3 Alabama Saturday. Arkansas is another of the 20-plus offers he’s now narrowed down without the Razorbacks.

LSU coach Les Miles and defensive line coach Brick Haley were reportedly headed to Aberdeen last week after watching Lafayette quarterback Jeremy Liggins in Shannon.

The two never made it to Aberdeen but an appearance before the season ends is a big possibility.

Ward was in attendance for the LSU game in Starkville last Thursday and left with some impressions of both teams after the 19-6 LSU win to vault the Tigers to No. 2 in the country.

“I learned a lot of stuff about Mississippi State. They go hard. It’s just like they let the big games get away,” Ward said. “They were in it. LSU’s got a really good defense, just got to work on that offense a little bit more.”

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