AJC Super 11 candidate: Colquitt County OT Xzavier Ward

Since 1985, the AJC’s Super 11 team has transformed into one of the nation’s most elite lists, consisting of the best 11 high school football players from the talent-loaded state of Georgia. Over the next few weeks, we’ll go over the top candidates for this year’s AJC Super 11, which will be released next month before the kickoff of the 2010 season)

No. 63 is the X-man (CCHS)

I have a feeling that No. 63 will be playing football for a long, long, long time (CCHS)

The AJC Super 11 candidate: Colquitt County OT Xzavier Ward

The skinny: The 6-foot-7, 260-pound Ward dominated at offensive tackle for Colquitt County, which made it to the semifinals in Georgia’s largest classification.

Colleges: Ward is the state’s hottest prospect, doubling his scholarship total in recent months to 22, including both UGA and Georgia Tech. He confirmed again this week to the AJC that Alabama and Georgia remain his leaders. He said he may wait until signing day to make his college decision.

They said it: “Xzavier is a kid with NFL potential because he has all the raw tools. He has only been with us [the football program] for [16 months]. 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].” — Colquitt County coach Rush Propst.

The lowdown: No. 63 is a freak athlete of the football field. You can tell that he has played a lot of basketball over the years. He has superior foot quickness and agility — things you don’t see in kids his size at his age. He has an NFL physique, good hands for punch-blocking defensive linemen, and enough athleticism to get his helmet in front of blitzing linebackers and safeties from the edge. Whatever he lacks in technique (and it’s pretty darn good already), he makes up with his overall athleticism. Ward moving so well on the football field — at his girth — is quite the sight to see. Ward had dreams of playing college basketball, but projected to play for small colleges, if that. He decided to try out for the school’s football team and the rest is history. He was an immediate starter and has surprised many with how quickly he has learned his position.

If it was completely my vote: Yes. I haven’t seen everyone, but Xzavier Ward is the best offensive tackle that I’ve observed in this state since Booker T. Washington High’s Duke Robinson, who earned All-America honors at Oklahoma last season.

Note: The AJC’s Super 11 team consists of the state’s top 11 senior football players, and not college prospects. It is selected by AJC staff members in a partnership with our friends from GHSFD, based on observing the player either in person or on film. A very important part of the process is getting recommendations and feedback from high school coaches from around the state, along with running the names by a few college coaches. It’s an imperfect process, but we do our best. The AJC’s 2010 Super 11 team will be released next month.

What are YOUR thoughts on this AJC’s Super 11 candidate, Colquitt OT Xzavier Ward? Please post below.

Since 1985, the AJC’s Super 11 team has transformed into one of the nation’s most elite lists, consisting of the best 11 high school football players from the talent-loaded state of Georgia. Over the next few weeks, we’ll go over the top candidates for this year’s AJC Super 11, which will be released next month before the kickoff of the 2010 season)
The AJC Super 11 candidate: Wilcox County QB-DB Nick Marshall
The skinny: The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Marshall is considered the state’s No. 1 QB prospect but is going to UGA to play DB. Last year as a junior, Marshall led Wilcox County to the Class A championship, passing for 2,956 yards and 32 touchdowns. He was named as the AJC’s Class A Offensive Player of Year.
Colleges: Marshall, who has drawn comparisons to 1993 Heisman Trophy winner Charlie Ward, committed to UGA on a football scholarship in June after reportedly being a “silent commitment” to archrival Georgia Tech. Marshall agreed to play defensive back at Georgia, which will allow him to also play basketball for the Bulldogs. He had dozen of major-college scholarships offers in both football and basketball — without having to agree to play the other sport.
They said it: “[Marshall] is something special. He’s the best I’ve ever seen, simply the best we’ve ever played.” — Savannah Christian coach Donald Chumley to MaxPreps.
The lowdown: Last year, the state of Georgia had its best QB crop in more than a decade, led by Flowery Branch’s Connor Shaw (signed with South Carolina) and Lassiter’s Hutson Mason (UGA). But it was the junior from Wilcox County who had the strongest arm. He wasn’t as polished as Shaw and others, but wow does he have a rocket-launcher for an arm. Nick makes throws, especially on famously tough “deep-out pattern” passes, that are the envy of college quarterbacks. Have you ever seen Nick throw deep? His coach says he can chuck it 80 yards in the air, and he does it with a simple flick of the wrist. Nick still has a lot to learn about fundamentals and technique at the QB position, if he were to play it in college. He is able to get away with it now because he makes smart decisions and is almost always the best athlete on the field. Nick’s No. 1 quality is a gifted arm. No. 2 is his competitiveness. He always wants to be on the field, and has a talent for making big plays, even on defense after playing all those downs on offense.
If it was completely my vote: Yes. Nick may be the state’s best overall two-sport athlete, and already led his team to a state championship with one season left to play. With Marshall at QB, Wilcox County is the heavy favorite to repeat as Class A state champions. For me personally, it’s a bummer that Marshall won’t be playing QB at the college level. I can understand his reasons for switching to DB, but I’d still like to see what he could do at QB on Saturdays.
Note: The AJC’s Super 11 team consists of the state’s top 11 senior football players, and not college prospects. It is selected by AJC staff members in a partnership with our friends from GHSFD, based on observing the player either in person or on film. A very important part of the process is getting recommendations and feedback from high school coaches from around the state, along with running the names by a few college coaches. It’s an imperfect process, but we do our best. The AJC’s 2010 Super 11 team will be released next month.
What are YOUR thoughts on this AJC’s Super 11 candidate, Wilcox County QB Nick Marshall? Please post below.
Video of Nick Marshall playing DB, and returning an interception 95 yards for a TD ….

37 comments Add your comment

DH

July 15th, 2010
6:56 am

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

July 15th, 2010
7:09 am

he would make a great addition to UGA!!! hope we can land him and have him play on the opposite side of Dantzler.

Paddy

July 15th, 2010
8:38 am

He just looks like a football player!!!! Go hard on this kid UGA.

CC Pack

July 15th, 2010
9:00 am

He has great foot speed and agility because he learned to do the Mexican Hat Dance at a very early age…..That’s required learning in Colquitt County, you know.

npgator

July 15th, 2010
9:06 am

Go to Florida if you want to win.

Worm

July 15th, 2010
9:41 am

Classic Left tackle body..Lemay would love for you to cover his blind side.

dap01

July 15th, 2010
9:59 am

Come to UGA, be a home state hero. This recruiting class is going to be special.

If you go to Florida, CUM will definitely, maybe, probably, except for family day, perhaps, be there.

Southsidemike07

July 15th, 2010
10:24 am

Big Duke, went to Washington High, thanks Carvell

destin dawg

July 15th, 2010
11:19 am

UGA = a great education in the best college town…. new improved coaching attitude… great recruiting class, getting better all the time…be a home state hero… We’ve had our bad year.. still won a bowl game !! UGA will be on top for next few years for sure !! Gooooo Dawgs !!!!

THE BLUE & GOLD HOUSE

July 15th, 2010
12:28 pm

Damn!!! There lot talent in GA. you can’t remember every school player go to. Beside there was a big tackle the year before Big Duke, that came out of Westlake that went to FSU then transfer to Fort Valley.

BrokeBackJacket

July 15th, 2010
2:29 pm

I live in Colquitt County and have followed recruiting very closely since 70’s.

As a soph. Xavier was 6′4; and 205 lbs. He is a very lean 265 at present! He has extremely quick feet and a frame to play at at least 310-320 lbs. without a belly! He is also a very good student and extemely polite and well mannered…very good family.

I don’t care what rivals, scout, or ESPN says…Xavier Ward is the BEST OL and especially left tackle in Ga. and possibly the nation…doubters will see…whether he plays for the Dawgs or not!

YELLOW HAMMER

July 15th, 2010
2:49 pm

Rush Propst still that BAMA pipeline, this kid will want to be part of a # 1 class that BAMA will pull in (again). not just part of a (dream team) that might be a top 10 class if UGA gets all of the players they want. GOOD LUCK Xavier whereveryou choose to go.

Bryan G.

July 15th, 2010
2:57 pm

I HATE to nit-pick, but this kid is not from “Colquitt” as the headline notes. He is from “Colquitt County.” “Colquitt” is in Miller County (that’s where Charles Grant is from). Moultre is in “Colquitt County” (that’s where Ray Goff is from).

Sorry for the correction…but it’s just a hazard of growing up in Southwest Georgia.

Forever 'Dosta

July 15th, 2010
4:04 pm

Xzavier was tough last year, but the ‘Cats are back and will send him home crying on Fri, Nov 5. Mark it on your calendar.

DD795

July 15th, 2010
4:45 pm

If he has a rap sheet Ga will take him. Be a great addition.

Delbert D.

July 15th, 2010
5:12 pm

“Xavier” isn’t that hard to spell. These people (and other parents) evidently don’t want to acknowledge a Roman Catholic Saint.

Delbert D.

July 15th, 2010
5:14 pm

Worm – “Classic Left tackle body..Lemay would love for you to cover his blind side.” Where? East Carolina?

Delbert D.

July 15th, 2010
5:18 pm

The Playboy Party Schools top ten list is out. This is a strange one: The University of Georgia got an Honorable Mention for “Best Living Mascot: Uga, the University of Georgia bulldog.” Oops.

TIDE ROLL

July 15th, 2010
6:24 pm

XZAVIER DO NOT GO TO UGA. YOU WILL GET SCREWED OVER. THEY START A KID NAMED CHRIS DAVIS OVER BEAN ANDERSON,EFFECTIVELY RUINING BEAN’S NFL DREAMS. DID THE SAME THING TO KIANTE TRIPP. THER’S A REASON JAMES CARPENTER AND CHANCE WARMACK LEFT THE STATE TO START FOR BAMA AND IT’S NOT BECAUSE GEORGIA DIDN’T WANT THEM. THEY FIGURED IT OUT AND YOU NEED TO AS WELL. TALK TO BEAN AND KIANTE. THEY’LL SHOOT YOU STRAIGHT. UGA(U GOT ARRESTED) IS NO PLACE FOR YOU. ROLL TIDE

Hunker Down

July 15th, 2010
6:28 pm

Hope he is coming to Dawg Night! Love this guy already, wears my ole number. I think he might be one of the top 5 in the state from those who have seen him and marvel. Think he is under rated by some recruiting services from what I gather kinda like Mike thorton seemingly was as well last year. Hope he stays in state and wears the G proudly.

Billy Jack @Bryan G.

July 15th, 2010
6:31 pm

If you can’t bet the poultrie then go back to Moultrie…(Ray Goff couldn’t beat SC…) just a helpful hint to help folks remember..

Billy Jack @Delbert

July 15th, 2010
6:45 pm

Delbert D. you can’t spell Zylophone

jsmith

July 15th, 2010
6:51 pm

why does chris davis start ??

Foster Brooks

July 15th, 2010
8:12 pm

uga=great education? hahahahahaha what a joke. a “university” of drunks and no disciplined thugs…man get over yourself, a degree from this joke of a “university” is only good if you are using it in the embarrassed state of Ga. because you might be showing it to another “graduate” of drinking from uga. Your degree is worthless outside this state, and your atheletic department is an embarrassment, and no I didn’t go to tech either.

tb

July 15th, 2010
9:26 pm

We’re gonna see what this kid is made of when he and his team face the Valdosta Wildcats this year–we (THE CATS) been whipping up on the Packers forever –ain’t nothing about a 500 lb tackle gonna change anything–GO CATS !
This kid needs to skip his senior HS year and get himself up to Athens where he can showcase his talents and then get to the Pros–Good Luck Xzavier !

Dawg Fan

July 16th, 2010
4:12 am

Xzavier I hope to see you wearing the red & black next year. Please join CMR and the Dream Team he is putting together.

Gooo Dawgs Sic’em Woof! Woof! Woof!

KeithB

July 16th, 2010
9:53 am

Go to UGA. They have the best coach, top 10 talent year in and year out, best college town, but can’t seem to play for a title. But go anyway, it can’t possible be another 30 years before they win one.

DaltonDAWG706

July 16th, 2010
10:21 am

Dear Michael Carvell,

Will you please do the videos this year like you did a couple of years ago, with branden smith and abry jones and jarvis jones.

Bryan G.

July 16th, 2010
1:37 pm

Thank you for fixing the headline!!

Deputy Myrick

July 17th, 2010
10:07 am

I think Xzavier will do well any where he goes because he is very humble.And his family has instilled in him to keep God first in his life and the rest is history.He’ll do great things where ever he decides to go.Hey all you Wild Kittens out there you remember 1994 when we beat you guys twice in one year and on 20/20 in 1990 so we won the games that counted the most.I can’t wait for this year’s game it will be a real show down about like the games in the 90’s.

VSU014

July 18th, 2010
1:13 am

Will be attending valdosta state university in november, would like to know where the november 5th showdown between colquitt county and valdosta will be taking place… so I can see jay rome and xavier ward play.

bitter hersall talker

July 18th, 2010
3:49 am

come on and play at uga my man, try and stay away from any more fried food i believe your big enough and at georgia its only two meals a day 1 hot dog with slaw in the mourning and 2 pieces of bacon with tatters after football pratice so stop eating and start like me doing 3500000million push ups you see momma says that the way to win is watch tv and do sit ups got it, i still dont no who gave me that black trans am right before signing day hell i was always going to uga, butt thanks still have it and still do most of my work outs on the hood!!hahahah

Colquitt County Underdog

July 18th, 2010
5:59 pm

VSU014 – The game will be played in Moultrie.

recruitnik

July 18th, 2010
11:48 pm

Ward’s ship has sailed uga fans. We received a commitment from Debell and we are full. Ward isn’t oversign worthy.

VSU014

July 19th, 2010
3:12 am

Thanks Colquitt County Underdog, can’t wait to see some down south corn fed boys go at it also can’t wait to see the defensive back for valdosta and of course the all FAMOUS RUSH PROPST(loved two-a-days)

Colquitt County Underdog

July 19th, 2010
7:28 pm

no problem. I graduated from Colquitt County and attend VSU right now myself. Coach Propst is definitely a character to say the least but he is a great coach.

VSU014

July 23rd, 2010
4:59 pm

Yeah coach propst is a great coach but when will you been graduating VSU?