Football Recruiting: Celebrity coach says Colquitt County 6-foot-7 OL Xzavier Ward among the nation’s best

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The Gentle Giant (No. 63) stands tall while adjusting his helmet (CCHS)

Rush Propst, who became one of the nation’s most famous high school football coaches after his appearance on the MTV series “Two-A-Days,” knows a celebrity when he sees one.

Propst says that Colquitt County’s Xzavier Ward, who is favoring UGA and reigning BCS champion Alabama, has “the chance to be the best offensive lineman I’ve ever coached.” That’s mighty praise from Propst, who has coached big-time programs in Alabama and Georgia for nearly 30 years. And he is giving out the props to a kid who still under the national recruiting radar.

Then again, that kid is a mountain of a man, standing 6-foot-7 and 260 pounds. Ward is blessed with tremendous athleticism for his size, and has exceptionally quick feet from all his years of playing basketball. He also was gifted naturally with a long arm span to push away pass rushers on the edge.

“Xzavier is a kid with NFL potential because he has all the raw tools,” Propst said. “He has only been with us (the football program) for one full year. What he has accomplished in that short amount of time is amazing. The sky is the limit for Xzavier.”

“I really do think he’s one of the top 6-7 or among the top 10 offensive lineman in the country. I’ve seen a lot of guys on that Top 150 stuff, ESPN and all the Rivals and Scout lists. Xzavier Ward has as much potential as any player in the country on the edge, I promise you. He might even end up being the best (in the country).”

Propst (now at Colquitt) gained his notoriety as coach at Alabama’s Hoover High from 1999-2007, competing for several mythical national championships and sending a steady flow of elite prospects to the college ranks, including Buffalo Bills wide receiver Chad Jackson (played at Florida) and former Alabama quarterback John Parker Wilson.

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“Have you ever met Xzavier?” Propst asks a reporter. “Because if you do, you’ll remember it. When you first meet him and shake his hand, he will pass the ‘eye test’ as good as any player in the country. You go to yourself ‘Wow.’ By the time he gets to college, he’ll be 6-7 and 290 — and be a three- or four-year starter for somebody. Then he’ll end up being around 6-7 and 330 by the end of college, with opportunities to play in the NFL. He’s just that good.”

Perhaps the most redeeming quality about Ward is his humbleness. When asked about his new-found fame as a college prospect, Ward paused for a few seconds and said, “I don’t know what to say. I really don’t. I’m still in a daze about all of this.” Propst said he is one of the most quiet leaders he has ever been around, with Ward choosing to let his actions on the field speak for himself.

Nearly two years ago, Ward was a tall and lanky sophomore (6-4, 205) who was simply hoping to earn a small-college basketball scholarship. Propst lured him to football, and the rest is history. Ward didn’t even play basketball as a junior. He suffered a left knee sprain during the football playoffs, and decided to skip basketball to focus on football and his recovery. “Basketball is just for fun now,” Ward said.

Ward has offers from Alabama, UGA, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Louisville, N.C. State, and Purdue, among others. We asked Ward about recruiting:

Do you have any favorites? “I like Georgia and Alabama. I’m not really sure after that. Right now, I’m focusing more on getting better in football (than recruiting).”

Is there any school not recruiting you, that you wished would? “No. No, sir. I can’t complain about anything. I’ve got some great schools that like me.”

Rush Propst may have USA's No. 1 OL (CCHS)

Rush Propst may have USA's No. 1 OL (CCHS)

He has already made unofficial visits to UGA and Alabama, and is considering checking out Georgia Tech this weekend. “I really want to see what Georgia Tech is all about. I want to see the campus, and see if I like it. I’ve heard some good things about Georgia Tech, so I’m trying to get there sometime soon.”

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28 comments Add your comment

Jimmy in Gainesville

April 16th, 2010
5:27 am

Can’t believe I’m first … been a long time coming. Go Dawgs

Munson Bisher

April 16th, 2010
5:27 am

Do not forget this is the Rush Propst that really knows family values. Heck, sometimes the coach has two or more families.

This high moral ground alone qualifies the coach as a celebrity.

82Dawg

April 16th, 2010
7:05 am

I would hate to stand behind him and throw over him. That kid is huge.

Resign or Resign?

April 16th, 2010
7:27 am

Though it is clearly not stated in the story, are we to assume that Rush Propst is now the head football coach at Colquitt County ? Shouldn’t that point have been clearly made?

JB

April 16th, 2010
7:47 am

He’ll be a Dawg…….an a All American.

Badpuppy

April 16th, 2010
8:04 am

Of course “He’ll be a Dawg…….an a All American”, of course, didn’t you say exactly the same thing about Da’Rick?
Oh and its an All American not an a All American.

1eyedJack

April 16th, 2010
8:30 am

Let me get this one for you JB. Damn Badpuppy, you doofey, he meant to say “and” and just dropped the d. This is a blog, not a doctoral thesis. Go engineer something. Besides, I don’t give a damn for a man who can only spell a word one way.

Dixie Clear

April 16th, 2010
8:54 am

stay out of athens young man….you’ll only end up in jail…..

Worm

April 16th, 2010
9:20 am

A great LT prospect..We used to own Colquitt Co, would be nice to control that area again..GATA Stacey Searles

jay

April 16th, 2010
9:22 am

Dixie clean go get your momma some more sweet tea you dumb redneck. Go Dawgs come to UGA kid it’ll be a great ride.

McDawg

April 16th, 2010
9:23 am

yeah but we didn’t factor in the boyfrriend when it came to DaRick

PACKDADDY

April 16th, 2010
9:25 am

The kid has potential. The coach knows football and how to develop talent, that is a given. You are right about going to UGA, he likely will be led down a wayward path. One day, some school will be glad to get him. I hope he makes smart choices and feel sure he will get good guidance on the field and on the recruiting trail. It is good to know that talent is being recognized south of I-285.

Sanford Drive

April 16th, 2010
10:45 am

Hope he comes to UGA. We need him more than Bama. He’ll be successful wherever he goes.

Dawgmess

April 16th, 2010
10:49 am

Time for your meds Mr. Sulley

harold

April 16th, 2010
10:59 am

HE SHOULD GO TO A CHAMPIONSHIP FOORBALL PROGRAM LIKE ALABAMA & NICK SABAN OR FLORIDA AND URBAN MEYER. THEY ARE CHAMPIONSHIP COACHES. GEORGIA IS AN AVERAGE FOOTBALL PROGRAM WITH AVERAGE COACHES!

Sven Ottke

April 16th, 2010
11:15 am

1eyedjack, you’re just as stupid as JB. It’s “and an All American.” Illiterate ‘necks.

Hershel Walker and Charles Dudish

April 16th, 2010
11:20 am

I am 61 and recall the two biggest names that possibly were ever, ever, ever recuited in the state of Georgia. They were essentially from two eras …………Charles Dudish of Avondale High School in Decatur in 1968 and of course, Hershel Walker in 1979 of Wrightsville,Ga. These two LEGENDS were known all over the USA, at the time, as I speak to business people my age, they recall these two names. The were so much well known vs a Tebow or a Champ Bailey while in high school, beyond description they were. National TV show on Dudish by ABC Sports or one of the networks, he was so well known.

We all know about HW so I will go on form there. Dudish was a QB and he signed with GA Tech and it shook up the world. He and his Dad were split about that decision and Dudish ended up with issues and finally left Ga Tech. I think that he played QB vs the REAL USC ( not South Carolina ) and I think Tech WON. After that, the issues got to him and he disappeared. Amazing kid in the day.

Anyway, the point is ……………some succeed greatly in college and some do not. All of the hoopla about recruiting for me always goes back to these two Georgia legends.

Coach Johnsons Paul

April 16th, 2010
11:22 am

Son, if you want to learn the art of Reach Blocking and Cut Blocking then Tech’s your place. If you want to learn skills that will tranfer to the NFL then UGA or Bama are your best bets.
Good luck!!!

wiley

April 16th, 2010
1:27 pm

If your good enough to play in the NFL it doesnt really matter what school you pick. GT, UGA, and Alabama will prepare you well for the next level and all three of these schools have produced a pretty good amount of NFL talent recently…Tech should have several in the first round this year. Don’t listen to the negative stereotypes around this offense…good players shine in any scheme. You guys can keep saying GT wont produce NFL talent under Paul Johnson but all the evidence points to the contrary.

#1 BAMA FAN

April 16th, 2010
3:38 pm

Come on to BAMA….make sure you list your ring size in the bio…RTR

jarvis

April 16th, 2010
4:58 pm

What sound do an X and a z make in succession anyway?

cdawg

April 16th, 2010
8:35 pm

one visit to tech will solve that, it will be between UGA/Bama

hind tit

April 16th, 2010
10:52 pm

yeah i remember dudish and what a war it was between schools trying to sign this kid. tech won out. i think the coach was either dodd or carson i can’t remember. he was one of those nowaday 5 star can’t miss qb that just faded into the sunset and never heard of again.

Tdawg

April 18th, 2010
10:02 pm

harold I can’t wait to see alabama and flordia’s average arses next year.

Tdawg

April 18th, 2010
10:05 pm

wiley your right about one thing. if you’re good enough, the pros will find you no matter what school you attend.

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TODD MYRICK

August 16th, 2010
10:16 am

HEY YOU GUYS I WAS OUT @ COLQUITT COUNTY’S PRESEASON GAME THIS GUY IS REAL.I THOUGHT HE WAS A PANCAKE MACHINE.THIS GUY CAME OFF THE BALL WITHA FLAT BACK AND JUST MANHANDLED WHOEVER CAME HIS WAY.AFTER THE GAME I SPOKE WITH HIM ABOUT THE WAY HE PANCAKED ONE GUY AND HIS REPLY WAS WHAT DO YOU THINK I’M HERE FOR.

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