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Four-star Ward chooses Ole Miss

Rebels close to home, brother as teammate helped downplay coaching changes

Updated: January 5, 2012, 9:12 PM ET
By Jamie Newberg | ESPN Recruiting Nation

If you heard the Rebels yell, they had good reason, as the nation's No. 9 defensive end, Channing Ward (Aberdeen, Miss./Aberdeen), committed Thursday to Ole Miss. Ward, No. 72 overall in the ESPNU 150 and the No. 2 recruit from the state of Mississippi, gives new Rebels coach Hugh Freeze his first major recruit.

"The main reason why I picked Ole Miss is it was just good for me and my family," Ward said about his decision, which was announced during Thursday's Under Armour All-America Game ...

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