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Rewind: Top recruits visiting

READY TO HIT THE ROAD: Four-star defensive end Channing Ward from Aberdeen (Miss.) High managed to visit a few schools this spring in LSU, Ole Miss and Mississippi State. He wants to visit many more this summer.

Ward is the nation's No. 5 WDE.

“I tried to make it to Auburn but that didn’t work out,” Ward told 247Sports. “I want to try to get over to see Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, Florida and other schools like that in the SEC.”

Ward also expressed a desire to visit Oregon, USC, UCLA, Florida State, Georgia and Texas this summer. He has over 15 scholarship offers.

“I’m open to playing anywhere,” he said. “I don’t really care if I stay in-state or not.”

SECOND CITY OL HEADING SOUTH: Four-star offensive tackle Jordan Diamond from Simeon in Chicago will use next week’s spring break to travel South and visit four SEC schools: Auburn, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Arkansas.

Diamond was at Ohio State last weekend and will make a second trip to Michigan this weekend. He plans to cut his list to five schools before the start of his senior season and officially visit all five before making a decision.

“Michigan and Ohio State are up there in the top five,” Diamond told 247Sports. “Now, I have to find the others.”

STAYING HOME THIS WEEKEND: Four-star offensive tackle Kennedy Estelle will not be visiting any schools this weekend but hopes to make a long anticipated trip to see a couple of schools in the Southeast soon.

“My mom told me I have to decide if I want to visit Auburn and Alabama or Florida State. I’m not sure which place I’ll go. I’m hoping to go visit in two or three weeks,” Estelle told 247Sports.

According to, Texas leads for Estelle with Auburn second. Florida State, Alabama and Texas A&M are in the mix. Estelle attended the Texas spring game last Saturday.

READY TO TRIM LIST: Four-star safety Deon Bush from Columbus in Miami, Fla., is ready to trim down a long list of offers to a Top 10 as early as next week. Bush has already visited Miami, Florida, Georgia Tech and Purdue (where his brother plays).

Bush is hoping to visit many more schools this spring and summer including Florida State, Auburn, Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Michigan, LSU and North Carolina. His father, Gary Bush, told 247Sports that Miami, Alabama, Notre Dame and Ohio State are likely to be in his Top 10.

"We're looking at their graduation rate and that's one of the tops," the elder Bush said of Notre Dame. "They graduate 97-percent of their players and you can't beat that."

SOMETHING TO PROVE: Wide receiver Charlie Hegedus from Lassiter in Marietta, Ga., doesn’t have any offers but has seen his recruitment pick up considerably since running a 4.42 40-yard dash at the Atlanta MVP camp a couple of weeks ago.

Hegedus, 6-foot-2 and 192 pounds, visited Florida last weekend and plans to be in Auburn Saturday for the spring game. He’s also recently heard from Alabama, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Clemson, South Carolina and Tennessee.

"Everywhere I go, camps, combines, schools -- they don't see my athleticism. I have to show them my speed. I feel like I always have something to prove," Hegedus told 247Sports.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL ADDS ONE: The Auburn women’s basketball team has signed point guard Najat Ouardad from Pensacola State College to a National Letter of Intent. Ouardad, a native of Orleans, France, helped PSC to a 36-1 record last season averaging 6.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 2.5 steals per game.

“We are so excited about signing Najat,” coach Nell Fortner said. “She is a fiery, enthusiastic and very experienced point guard coming from a great junior college program.”

THIS AND THAT: Defensive lineman Justin Shanks from Prattville (Ala.) High recently added an offer from USC ..... Defensive end Jordan Jenkins from Haris County in Hamilton, Ga., added offers from LSU, Florida State and Miami Wednesday ..... Cornerback Joshua Holsey from Creekside in Fairburn, Ga., recently added an offer from Tennessee ..... Offensive tackle D.J. Humphries from Mallard Creek in Charlotte will visit Alabama’s A-Day game Saturday. He visited an Auburn Junior Day a couple of weeks ago ..... Defensive end Larry Jefferson from Banneker in College Park, Ga., who was being recruited by Auburn, committed to Louisville.

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