BLOG — Newly hired Ole Miss football coach Hugh Freeze received the biggest boost to his 2012 recruiging class tonight when Aberdeen’s Channing Ward picked the Rebels.The 6-foot-4, 255-pound Ward chose Ole Miss over offers from Mississippi State, Alabama, Auburn and LSU. Ward made his non-binding, verbal commitment during the second quarter of Thursday night’s Under Armour All-America Football Game played at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. Ward, a consensus four-star recruit and No. 1 rated player in the state of Mississippi, finished the 2011 season with 16 sacks and 117 tackles.
He gives the Rebels and Freeze a prospect that can not only play defensive end but likely some tackle in rush situations due to his size, strength and speed.
For more on Ward, see Friday’s Sports section. (January 5, 2012)