BLOG: News hit the interwebs earlier today that standout Aberdeen defensive end Channing Ward has narrowed his list of schools to three: Alabama, Mississippi State and Ole Miss.According to Rivals.com‘s Keith Niebuhr (HERE is a link to his Twitter account), Ward has dropped LSU and Auburn from consideration and is expected to announce his commitment during Thursday’s national broadcast of the Under Armour All-America Game on ESPN.
Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. CT.
Ward is considered to be one of the top players in the country, not just North Mississippi. He is a physical specimen that could step in and add immediate depth should he choose the Rebels.
Below is a (choppy) clip of Ward catching Water Valley running back Torrey Horton from behind:
That was from Ward’s sophomore season. Not only did he catch the Blue Devil running back from behind to prevent a touchdown, but he also did so by trucking through a rain-soaked field. Possibly one of the more impressive plays I’ve ever seen in person.
Last month I was able to watch Ward play with fellow Mississippians in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game in Montgomery and he was consistently in Alabama’s offensive backfield.
Whoever lands Ward on Signing Day (Feb. 1) will be getting a kid who can be a difference maker if he continues to develop.
UPDATE (4:02 PM CT): For what it’s worth, Rivals.com is predicting Ward selects Ole Miss.
ANOTHER DAY, ANOTHER RADIO SHOW: John Davis and myself hosted another Sideline View today. HERE is the link for your listening pleasure. In addition to discussing Ward’s recruitment with Monroe Journal’s Brandon Speck, we also touched on the recruitment of Amory’s Dario Robinson and Forest Williams and the Lady Rebels’ upcoming hoops game against Florida during the hour-long show.
Today’s podcast was probably the fourth edition of The Sideline View, part of VSporto’s RebelSportsRadio.com Network. Check it out and let myself or JD (firstname.lastname@example.org) know what you think. (January 4, 2012)