The Dawgs landed a “whopper” with their 22nd commitment on Monday. 6-foot-7, 260-pound offensive tackle, Xzavier Ward, gave his commitment after turning it down once; having it withdrawn when the Dawgs filled up the offensive line slots; and then getting it offered again after a couple of slots came open. “I feel great about it,” Ward said. “I feel like it’s a great opportunity.” Xzavier (yeah, I know he spells it weird, but when you are that BIG you can spell it any damn way you want!) had turned down Georgia, Auburn and Alabama after initial offers, wanting to go through the whole recruiting experience, but then the doors closed on all three with slots being filled. Ward is rated a four-star prospect by ESPNU/Scouts Inc.; three stars from Scout and Rivals; and he’s the top-ranked offensive lineman at No. 9 in the Atlanta Journal Constitution Fab 50 . (source: ajc.com)
Regarding the hold out, Ward said “I almost waited too long,” with a nervous laugh. “But I didn’t want to go too far from home and I liked the idea of playing in-state for the state school. Georgia’s got a lot of great players coming in now with the Dream Team and I wanted to be a part of it.” However, it’s not as if Georgia was ‘a last resort.’ He was offered by Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, North Carolina, Notre Dame, South Carolina and Tennessee. What is hilarious is that Georgia Tech, which also offered, really put on the pressure last week and tried to get him to take an official visit. He opted to visit Mississippi State instead. Even the other Bulldogs, after trying to get him to commit, were turned down. (source: ajc.com)
The Dawgs lucked out with rising senior Tanner Strickland’s decision to give up football. That plus two commitments gaining early enrollment gave the Bulldogs some room to open up to Ward again. (source: ajc.com)
Ok, Isaiah Crowell, if you’re reading this, imagine running your fanny off behind this mammoth. You will get all the accolades, kudos, and cheers (and more importantly running yardage and touchdowns) that you could possibly want. So quit screwing around, commit to the Dawgs where you know you will have a place to SHINE!
Georgia 2011 commitments to date are as follows: (source: ajc.com)
- C David Andrews (6-3, 276), Wesleyan School
- DE Sterling Bailey (6-4, 250), East Hall HS
- CB Devin Bowman (6-0, 175), Ridgeland HS
- WR Chris Conley (6-3, 185), North Paulding HS
- OT Watts Dantzler (6-7, 330), Dalton HS
- OT Zach DeBell (6-7, 265), Tarpon Springs, Fla.
- DB Quintavioius Harrow (6-0, 185), Carver-Columbus
- LB Amarlo Herrera (6-2, 215), N. Clayton
- QB Christian LeMay (6-3, 188), Matthews, N.C.
- OL Hunter Long (6-3, 293), Eads, Tenn.
- ATH Nick Marshall (6-2, 190), Wilcox Co. HS
- DL Chris Mayes (6-5. 295), Spalding HS
- WR Malcolm Mitchell (6-1, 185), Valdosta
- DB Corey Moore (6-1, 185), Griffin
- TE Jay Rome (6-6, 240), Valdosta
- DB Chris Sanders (6-0, 175), Tucker
- WR Justin Scott-Wesley (6-1, 190), Mitchell County HS
- WR Sanford Seay (6-2, 190), Lee County
- CB Damian Swann (6-0, 175), Grady
- OL Nathan Theus (6-3, 255), Jacksonville, Fla.
- OL Xzavier Ward (6-7, 260), Colquitt County
- LB Ramik Wilson (6-3, 225), Tampa, Fla.
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