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Aberdeen, Miss., defensive end Channing Ward, who signed with Ole Miss in February, has made his needed ACT score, sources confirmed to the Ole Miss Spirit Tuesday.

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Ward, a five-star prospect, was Ole Miss' highest-rated signee in the class of 2012, and one of two players remaining from the class left to gain eligibility. The other is Batesville, Miss., linebacker/defensive end Termario Strong.

The addition of Ward, while unofficial, is big for Ole Miss. Ward, who has lived in Oxford with his brother, Taurus, throughout the summer, figures to compete right away for a starting role at defensive end for the Rebels.

The 6-foot-4, 265-pound Ward was rated the No. 8 defensive end in the country by He totaled 116 tackles, including 16 sacks, as a senior, and was named an Under Armour All-American, as well as first team All-State by both the (Jackson) Clarion-Ledger and the Mississippi Association of Coaches.

He was named Class 3A Defensive Player of the Year for the third straight year.

"Just the school itself, not just that my brother goes there," Ward said in a preview interview with "It's just the school itself. It's a good program, all the bowls they've done won and stuff."

Ward held a number of high-profile offers, including Ole Miss, Alabama, Mississippi State, LSU and Auburn.

"Biggest factor (in my decision) probably is my family being able to come see me play and all that stuff," Ward said in a previous interview. "Academics and grades and all that stuff, and the family. That's going to be your second family. You're going to be with them for the next four years."

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