July 1, 2010

GA tackle to visit Capstone

The 2011 recruiting class is loaded with strong offensive tackle prospects and one of the top under-the-radar tackles in the class so far has been Moultrie (GA) lineman Xzavier Ward. The three-star prospect out of Colquitt County boasts an impressive offer list that includes Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and Notre Dame just to name a few and the rising star has been busy this summer visiting some of the schools that are currently pursuing him.

"I went to Georgia last week and I'm also going to Alabama later this month for an unofficial visit," Ward said. "I went to Alabama back in February for their Junior Day but I want to take my whole family there and let them see what I saw."

Ward's positive experience in Tuscaloosa earlier in the year has put the Tide in good shape early with the 6-foot-7, 265-pound tackle.

"I've been really impressed with Alabama so far. When I was there earlier this year, they were right in the middle of their 4th Quarter program and it was one of the most intense things I've ever seen. Those guys were giving it their all and you can see why they won the national championship last year. Nobody is going to work harder than them."

The home-state Georgia Bulldogs have also been making a strong push for Ward, though the Peach State star says he has no fan loyalties to get in the way of the recruiting process.

"Georgia was a really great experience. The people there are what really stand out. The coaches are all about family and they really have made it a comfortable environment for the players. I really liked that a lot. Georgia is the in-state school but I never really had a favorite school growing up. I just always liked to watch football, whether it was Georgia or anyone else in the SEC."

Ward is looking to bulk up this summer and add some strength as well.

"Everybody has told me they want me as a tackle. I am working on increasing my strength and also just my size in general. I would like to get up to about 285 by the time I get to college."

With a dozen offers to date, Ward has yet to rule any school out just yet but plans on starting to narrow his list down towards the end of the summer.

"I've tried to get it down to a top ten but I'm not quite there yet. I probably won't even decide where I'm taking official visits until September. I just feel like I want to learn a little more about each school before I start limiting myself. I think I will probably decide pretty quickly after the season is over. I don't want it to stretch into next year."

Ward is the nation's No. 37 offensive tackle prospect and No. 33 overall prospect in the state of Georgia.

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