September 23, 2010

Ward sets UA official

Moultrie (GA) Colquitt County lineman Xzavier Ward has been one of the South's most under-the-radar prospects for the class of 2011, picking up offers six SEC schools among other top programs. The 6-foot-7, 255-pound offensive tackle has been taking things slow so far when it comes to recruiting, choosing instead to focus on helping his high school team get their season turned around after a rough start.

"We're 2-3 right now but we've won our last two in a row so I think we're definitely back on the right track," Ward said. "Our biggest problem early on was consistency. We've got talent on our team but it's going to be up to me and some of the other seniors to help show everyone what it takes to play with the same intensity every snap."

Last weekend was Ward's first trip to a college game this season and although his trip to Tallahassee was short, he said he was pleased with what he saw on the field and in the stands.

"I went to Florida State for the BYU game. I've been to Florida State before for their spring game but watching a real game live is a lot different. It was a great atmosphere and the crowd was really feeling it. I didn't really get a chance to see much outside of the stadium since it was a quick trip for me."

Ward will take this weekend off before taking two critical recruiting trips in October to visit two of his top contenders to watch them play one of their biggest games of the season.

"I'm going to Alabama on October 2 when they play Florida and then the next weekend I'm going to Florida to see them play LSU. Those will be unofficial visits. I'm going to hold off on my official visits until after the season because I want to be able to take my time with them."

As for official visits, Ward has already set up one date but is still considering which schools will receive his remaining four official visits.

"Right now the only official visit I have set for sure is Alabama on January 7. I'm not sure which other schools will get visits at this point but I feel strongly enough about Alabama to go ahead and set that one up. My family really likes Alabama a lot, and that's very important to me. When they came with me on another campus visit this summer, they were blown away by everything so I'd say Alabama has definitely made the best impression so far."

Ward is rated a three-star prospect and the nation's No. 41 offensive tackle prospect by Rivals.com.

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