Five-Star Ward Talks Auburn, Recruiting

Channing Ward

Defensive standout Channing Ward talks Auburn, how recruiting is going, and about this weekend's all-star game.

Montgomery, Ala.—For five-star defensive end prospect Channing Ward from Aberdeen, Miss., taking his official visit to Auburn for the Ole Miss game was a great experience and one that let him get a good feel for the Tigers and the program. Deciding to get another look when the Tigers took on Alabama in the Iron Bowl, Ward was in for another experience altogether.

"It was a crazy atmosphere that I'm not used to," Ward said after Tuesday's practice for the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic. "Fans were crazy about that game and all the stuff going on. It was a good atmosphere. It let me get more vibe about what they've got to offer. I like seeing they didn't change with certain recruits there. They were still the same."

Having already visited LSU in addition to Auburn Ward said that both have qualities that he's looking for in a school and he really likes the atmosphere surrounding Gene Chizik's program at the moment.

"Auburn is closer to home," Ward said when compared to LSU. "It's a family environment. Everybody around there is real cool. They've got great coaches. They're just young right now and on the building track."

Channing Ward sporting an Auburn towel on the first day of practice for the Ala.-Miss. Game at Huntington College

Currently looking at LSU, Auburn, Alabama, Mississippi State, and Ole Miss with plans to visit the Bulldogs on Jan. 13 and Alabama on Jan. 20, Ward said there's a chance to could visit Ole Miss once he sees what coaches come on board with new Coach Hugh Freeze.

"I don't have any favorites, everybody is the same," Ward said. "I'm just sticking it out until I make my last two visits to Mississippi State and Alabama. I will have it narrowed down by then."

Planning to make his decision likely at the Under Armour Game, Ward said he's got several things he's looking for in a school when the time comes.

"Close to home doesn't really matter to me," Ward said. "I'm looking for good academics, a good program, and good coaches that are going to lead me to the next level."

This week Ward is focused on helping the Mississippi team get back on the winning track against Alabama in Montgomery. Alabama's high school stars have won three in a row and 11 of the last 13 games in the series and Ward said his team is taking the game very serious this week.

"It's real important for us to bounce back and get a win," Ward said. "We've got a lot of talent on this team. We just have to stick together and play the right way. When things go wrong we just have to play hard."

Kickoff for Saturday's game is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. at the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery.

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