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: 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.
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