MTV celebrity coach rants about Colquitt County OT Xzavier Ward’s omission from AJC Super 11

No. 63 is the X-man (CCHS)

Mr. 63, please don't take our lunch money at the AJC. We still think you're super (CCHS)

If you ever watched MTV’s “Two-A-Days” high school football reality show, you know that Rush Propst is a quote machine.

When asked about his football team at Colquitt County High School by a reporter, Propst said — wait a minute — he had a question first: ”How the [heck] can you leave Xzavier Ward off the AJC Super 11?”

It was a fair question. He was talking about Colquitt’s man-child on the offensive line, the 6-foot-7, 255-pound senior who will probably be playing left tackle for some football team for, oh let’s say, the next decade. Ward has around 25 major-college scholarship offers, with UGA and Alabama as his long-time leaders.

“I get bombard daily by college coaches who want to know what Xzavier is thinking every second,” Propst said. “There’s probably several guys on that [Super 11 list] that don’t fall into that category [of intense recruiting].

“It has to be a pure lack of intelligence to not put Xzavier on the Super 11.

“We moved Xzavier from right tackle to left tackle this year. Barring injury, he’s going to playing that position for a long, long time. I’ve had 5-6 of my former players go onto the NFL [ including New England Patriots WR Chad Jackson and Falcons back-up QB John Parker Wilson] … and Xzavier is as good or better than all of those guys as far as NFL potential.

“I just think it’s ridiculous and I don’t mind be quoted on all of that.”

Thanks coach, we have given you the floor to state your case. By the way, if it’s OK to ask a question, what’s the latest with Ward and colleges?

“It’s Alabama or Georgia at No. 1, depending on which of them talked to him last. Then it’s probably Auburn at No. 3, Florida at No. 4, and then South Carolina and North Carolina. If I had to break it down today, that would be how I am seeing it.”

Now it’s our turn. Ward, the basketball-turned-football player, is certainly one of Georgia’s best high school football players and prospects. He will be a third-year starter for a team that is one of the top contenders for the state championship in Georgia’s’ largest classification. Ward already looks like an NFL lineman in pads, and moves with the agility and athleticism of a high school wide receiver. You can definitely tell he played basketball with his quick feet and hands. And I’ll repeat what I said here that Ward “is the best offensive tackle that I’ve observed in this state since Booker T. Washington’s Duke Robinson, who earned All-America honors at Oklahoma last year.”

With that said, the AJC Super 11 is our best effort to identify the state’s best 11 football players not prospects. It’s always an imperfect process because Georgia is overloaded with talent, with 200 players per year signing major-college football scholarships. Ward was considered by our selection committee. He was deserving, as were several others left off the list.  Again, we did our best, based on our committee’s evaluations, along with feedback from high school and college coaches. We appreciate Propst’s passion, as we do with other coaches and football fans who have debated our final selections. Here they are again:

  • Carver-Columbus RB Isaiah Crowell [Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, UGA, Miami]
  • Gainesville DE/LB A.J. Johnson [Clemson, Florida, Tennessee]
  • Grady DB Damian Swann [Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Ohio State]
  • Griffin DL Xzavier Dickson [Auburn, Alabama, UGA, Florida, Miami]
  • Kell FS Brian Randolph [committed to Tennessee]
  • North Paulding WR Chris Conley [committed to UGA]
  • Pope OL Thomas O’Reilly [committed to Auburn]
  • Thomas County Central DE Ray Drew [Georgia Tech, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, UGA]
  • Tucker LB James Vaughters [committed to Stanford]
  • Valdosta TE Jay Rome [Alabama, Clemson, Florida,UGA]
  • Wilcox County QB Nick Marshall [committed to UGA]

Now it’s YOUR turn. What is your opinion of the AJC’s Super 11? Are those the best 11 football players in this great state? Who would be on YOUR Super 11? Who did we miss? How do they compare to some of the players on our list? Please state your case below. We at the AJC love talkin’ football. Let’s hear it …

[Editor's Note: Any inappropriate remarks will not be tolerated]

41 comments Add your comment

freedyg

August 19th, 2010
4:21 am

freedyg

August 19th, 2010
4:23 am

that guy looks like a beast in those pads…

footlong Dawg

August 19th, 2010
6:09 am

it’s impossible to pick just 11 .. how about 11 on offense and 11 on defense ???? by position…

freedyg

August 19th, 2010
6:12 am

i think that’s a great idea footlong…… seriously……

Victorious Sakrete

August 19th, 2010
7:02 am

For a coach with at least two families, Rush should know a good child when he sees one.

#2 BAMA FAN

August 19th, 2010
7:24 am

Good list and if the dawgs could have gotten all of the players on the list to commit then it would be
a dream team!!

Walt Ray

August 19th, 2010
7:33 am

Xzavier got hosed!!!!!

footlong Dawg

August 19th, 2010
8:10 am

Come to UGA Xzavier… Athens.. USA #1 college town… I could run behind you in my wheel chair !!! Go Dawgs !!!

Monster Tech

August 19th, 2010
8:17 am

Is the OL from Pope better than Ward? I dont think so!!! So why is he on the list instead of Ward. HUMMMMMM!!!!!! Makes you wonder. If Ward was there instead of the kid from Pope, all the players on the super 11 would have something in common, and you know we cant have that!!!

Pig Skin Fan

August 19th, 2010
8:25 am

Im pretty sure that the AJC Super 11 isn’t a STATE WIDE finding…. I may be wrong on this, but isnt the AJC Super 11 more of a metro area thing? Colquitt County is awfully far away! But I do agree with you Monster Tech….this kid is way better than the terd from Pope

Football Fan

August 19th, 2010
8:44 am

Maybe not a top 11 but one of the top linemen in the state Austin Hagan from Mill Creek High.

OC_Dawg

August 19th, 2010
8:49 am

The same can be said for Gabe Wright, Malcom Mitchell, Quan Bray, Sterling Bailey, Corey Moore, etc… Because of the depth of the 2011 class maybe the AJC should bump it up to Super 21.

hs fan

August 19th, 2010
9:18 am

what about terrance smith from swd last year he had 120 tackles 15 sacks as a dt , also mlb anthony allen 139 tackles 3 int 4 forced fumbles 3.5 gpa these guys get no publicity. these two players played on a defense that sent 4 players to the sec last year

x-coach

August 19th, 2010
9:48 am

Its a crap shot!
Like everything else political………………

UK THOROUGHBRED

August 19th, 2010
9:49 am

They need to make a Super 11 for the metro Atlanta area and North Georgia and another Super 11 for South Georgia.

Worm

August 19th, 2010
10:14 am

O’Reilly is the biggest question mark.

Todd Holcomb

August 19th, 2010
10:16 am

“Im pretty sure that the AJC Super 11 isn’t a STATE WIDE finding…. I may be wrong on this, but isnt the AJC Super 11 more of a metro area thing?”

Pig Skin Fan: No, it’s not a metro thing. Players from Valdosta and Thomas County Central – farther away than Moultrie – made the team.

Beej Blows

August 19th, 2010
10:17 am

Come talk to me after the season. I’ve never understood the preseason all-something teams anyway.

Beej Blows

August 19th, 2010
10:18 am

Also, just beacuse a guy has potential doesn’t mean he’s the best player now.

Todd Holcomb

August 19th, 2010
10:36 am

I helped select the Super 11, so I’ll weigh in.

Rush Propst is great for high school football, and he’s great for Georgia. Glad he’s here. He was gracious enough to allow me to be the first person to interview him and ask him tough questions when he was hired by Colquitt County. He promotes the sport, and he tells you how he feels. I have nothing but respect for him. I don’t doubt he’s right about Xzavier Ward, but here are three things to consider.

One, Rush is probably one of 20 coaches who feel this away about one of their players being left of the Super 11, and he’s the only one with the nerve to say it publicly. There are probably 20-30 guys who were not selected (Tuitt, Bray, Bailey, Walls, Herrera, Dantzler) who have offers from Georgia or Alabama or Florida and who would be described as the best player at a position that their coaches have ever worked with.

Two, I don’t think Rivals or Scout or ESPN or anyone has Ward among the top 11 prospects in the state. All have him No. 25 or lower. Of course, that means little since those are just opinions, but if Rush is unimpressed with the AJC Super 11, what does he think of the recruiting rankings? Ward was closer to making the AJC’s Super 11 – he was in the top 13 – than he was to making the top 11 of these state recruiting rankings.

And finally, the Super 11 isn’t about the value of a player as a prospect anyway. In 2009, Ward did not make first-team all region. Ward was behind six other offensive linemen in 1-AAAAA. If you’re one of the best 11 juniors in the state, you typically make first-team all-region, even if the toughest region in the state. Of course, Ward might’ve been one of the best OL in 1-AAAAA last year, but was there any outrage over his failing to make all-region? Or outrage over failing to make even honorable mention on any of three all-state teams (AP, AJC, GACA, the latter being chosen by Georgia head coaches).

If Ward’s omission from the Super 11 is ignorance, the AJC isn’t the only guilty party. Coaches, sportswriters and recruiting experts have all sold Ward short of the Super 11.

Fear the Veer

August 19th, 2010
2:46 pm

Ray Drew hasn’t told anyone…..not even his parents…..which school he is leaning towards. All I can say is this…..I personally heard him tell his teammates yesterday at the TCC practice field that he was no longer considering GT, Auburn, or FSU. That is all.

Michael

August 19th, 2010
4:16 pm

the Bailey ( Sterling) young man from E. Hall should have on the Super 11.

phoenix falcon

August 19th, 2010
4:45 pm

i have been saying that for 10 YEARS.

” footlong Dawg “

plassite

August 19th, 2010
5:23 pm

He’s a great kid. I’ve taught him and he’s a gentle giant….. except when he’s on the field. Any school would be lucky to have him.

Directions

August 19th, 2010
5:49 pm

Todd: Given the information you provided, coach Propst comment of “pure lack of intelligence” is way over the top. I know he is pulling for his players, but you can respectfully disagree. What is coach Propst teaching his players. But then again this is the same man who had a public affair.

JIMB

August 19th, 2010
5:58 pm

TYLER CIERSKI MILLCREEK FB 6FT1 240LB RANKED 3RD IN THE COUNTRY, SOUTH GWINNETT MET HIM FRIDAY NITE AND COULDN’T STOP HIM AT ALL. WELL HE’S NOT FROM
TUCKER OR STEPHENSON AND HAS A 3.8 GPA THAT COULD BE THE REASON HE’S NOT A SUPER 11, BUT THE AJC HAS TRIED TO DO THEIR BEST IT’S HARD TO GUESS AND LETS BE FAIR.

David

August 19th, 2010
6:09 pm

Tuitt was the biggest ommision. Rivals has him the 3rd best player in the state and might be #1 at the end of the year.

cat doc

August 19th, 2010
6:31 pm

Rush Propst is a nut. They didn’t run him out of Alabama for no reason. So I don’t know how much of what he says I would listen to.

Lowndes Fan

August 19th, 2010
7:29 pm

We here respect Rush Propst; people stopping gaming on the man; and calling him a nut; this man is probably one of the best and famous people in South Georgia. What count’s he is part of 1 AAAAA and will carry the banner for Colquitt County a long way as of what Ex Coach Jim Hughes did in the 90s.

Delbert D.

August 19th, 2010
7:44 pm

The spellchecker wouldn’t accept the name.

jp dawg

August 19th, 2010
8:07 pm

IMO, the biggest snub is Corey Moore. The guy has done nothing but show how good he is while playing in the shadows of 2 other great players.

highschoolfootballfan

August 19th, 2010
9:41 pm

THE PACK IT BACK BABY!
BETTER WATCH OUT!!
WHOOMP THERE IT IS!

AstroFan

August 19th, 2010
10:14 pm

LOL!!! @ the spell check not accepting the name. LOL!! That was too funny.

Neutral 5-AAAAA

August 20th, 2010
12:59 am

i think we have another confirmed siting of big foot lol holy crap

Terrell Torres

August 20th, 2010
4:35 am

You missed number 7 Elexzander Carswell for Coffee County running back. Watch out for this game changing player

Pope's O'Reilly vs Colquitt's Ward

August 20th, 2010
9:02 am

Laugher. I mean really, let’s go Ed Lover on ya, “C’mon Son.” This is a joke right?

Mike

August 20th, 2010
9:10 am

Propst is a blowhard!

VT Cats

August 20th, 2010
9:52 am

I will tell you exactly why Ward was left off the Super 11 list. South Georgia players do not sell newspapers as much as North Georgia kids sell the AJC. Yea Jay Rome from Valdosta was chosen, but good grief there are at leasat 6 kids on Valdosta’s roster alone that could have possibly made the so called Super 11 list. No doubt Xzavier Ward should have been on that list – but again nobody in North Georgia wantst to read about a South Georgia kid. Hence Pope olineman Thomas O’Reilly makes the list instead. Simple to understand when you really think about it.

"O"

August 20th, 2010
10:02 am

I think to solve this problem, Super 11 should add “honorable mention” to the category. This way nobody gets left out and keeps down some of the confusion….Just a suggestion though..

JIMB

August 20th, 2010
11:33 am

Super 11 is not North vs South kids its no one reads the ajc unless it’s on line, they just picked kids they knew about. The real super 11 will be at the end on the season. Gwinnett vs the state and Gwinnett will still have moreD1 kids than the rest of the state combined. It happens every year.

Taylor Wooter

August 20th, 2010
12:42 pm

Easy answer Coach P….he lives too far south for the AJC. Some of these North Ga/Atlanta guys are not even Top 111. If recruiters and sportswriters would get outside of Stinky A a little more, they might figure it out some.