Five-Star DE Enjoys Auburn Visit

Channing Ward talks about his visit for the Ole Miss game, his favorites, what he likes about Auburn, and much more.

Aberdeen, Miss.—Rated a five-star prospect and the number seven defensive end in the nation by Scout.com, 6-4, 249 Channing Ward was on hand this weekend for an official visit as the Auburn Tigers disposed of Ole Miss 41-23 Saturday night at Jordan-Hare Stadium. With the opportunity to take in the atmosphere and spend time with the coaches and players Ward said it was a great trip for him.

"The visit went good," Ward said. "I had a good time. I spent time with all the coaches getting to know them well. I spent time with the players and see who I would be around if I come up here.

"It was good, real good. There were a lot of people watching and the fans are crazy. I can't wait to come back for the Auburn-Alabama game and watch them play and see how crazy the fans are going to be then."

Making his second trip to Auburn for a game after attending last season's win over LSU, Ward said this time around he got to experience more than just the football game and that's important for him in the grand scheme of things.

This year I got to see everything," Ward said. "The Tiger Walk, the eagle and all that stuff. It was a good visit. I had a good time with my family and all the fans around.

"That's a good thing. You don't want to go there when all you'll be able to see is the game and talk to the coaches for just a little bit. It lets you see the coaches, but also all the other stuff you want to see instead of just going to the game."

Hosted on his trip by fellow Mississippi native Jermaine Whitehead, Ward made the visit along with his mother, uncle and younger brother. He said while he had a good time on the trip his family may have had even more fun on their first experience to see a game like that.

Spending a lot of time with Coach Trooper Taylor as well as position Coach Mike Pelton, Ward said he got plenty of discussion about his role should he choose Auburn. He said he also got to watch guys like Nosa Eguae and Corey Lemonier in action and that's helpful when considering a school.

"They said I could come in and play," he said of the coaching staff. "That's what you want to hear. But still, you have to look at what is best for you and your family.\

"I got a good impression of watching them play. You get to see guys that are good and could help you mature and get better at your position and with your weaknesses."

Planning to make a return trip to Auburn for the Iron Bowl against Alabama on Nov. 26, Ward said at the moment he's planning to visit Alabama, Ole Miss and Mississippi State after having already visited LSU. He said he plans to choose from those five schools either at the Under Armour Game or closer to signing day.

Helping his team to a 6-5 record as it gets ready for the playoffs, Ward has been forced to wear a number of different hats this season. In addition to his 18 sacks from defensive end he's also played cornerback and linebacker at times. He noted that's just something you do as a leader.

"We're just real young. Every team we've lost to has been by three or four points at the end of the game. We have a bunch of young players who didn't know how to fight through adversity, but we're coming along. We did real good in our division play.

"I play everything now just to help our team win. I know when I get to school it's not going to be the same thing, but I'm just doing what I can to help my team win."


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