Colquitt County OT Xzavier Ward receives offer from Notre Dame

Colquitt County offensive lineman Xzavier Ward confirmed Wednesday that he recently received an offer from Notre Dame. And it was a pretty big deal for the big tackle from Moultrie.

The offer immediately catapulted the Fighting Irish toward the top for Ward. He listed a top six for me in a phone call this afternoon, including Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida and Georgia.

“I think it’s great,” he said of the Notre Dame offer. “It’s good to have an up-North team that’s interested in me. It’s something to think about.”

Ward (6-foot-7, 260 pounds) said he has about 21 offers to date, but this is the first from above the Mason-Dixon line. He also got a new offer from East Carolina two weeks ago.

Ward said he first learned the Irish were interested in him when they came through to watch him during spring football practice. But he was still surprised when the official offer arrived this past Friday.

Notre Dame, under first-year coach Brian Kelly, is recruiting the South hard for linemen. The Irish also offered tackle Zach DeBell of Tarpon Springs, Fla., this past weekend. DeBell is also a main target for Georgia and Clemson.

Despite the thrill of the new offer, Ward doesn’t appear on the verge of committing to Notre Dame or anybody else. He said he “might go to Alabama next month” but otherwise doesn’t have any imminent recruiting plans.

65 comments Add your comment

Jim in Ga

June 30th, 2010
5:24 pm

Chip, in all seriousness, why do you report everytime a recruit gets an offer from ND? They haven’t been important for 20 yrs.

Konehead

June 30th, 2010
5:25 pm

RUSS FOR PRESIDENT

June 30th, 2010
5:29 pm

Pay no mind to Jim in GA Chip, im actually happy that your still working for us readers to be able to stay up to date with the recruits

DEBO

June 30th, 2010
5:34 pm

THEY DO NOT NEED TO GO TO NOTRE DAME. I HAVE BEEN THERE AND IT IS IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE. THATS WHY THEY ARE INDEPENDENT, LOL. GEORGIA IS THE SAFEST BET TO PLAY SINCE THEY NEED LINEMEN AND ATHLETES TO PLAY RIGHT NOW.

(6-5)..(6-4)..(25-6)..Still own you

June 30th, 2010
5:35 pm

I agree, but it’s just like uga with there history of choaking. They are non relevent also.

1970 Dawg

June 30th, 2010
5:45 pm

Hey (6-5), etc, those are baseball scores.LOL Who gives a rat’s …?

1970 Dawg

June 30th, 2010
5:46 pm

Oh (6-5) it’s “their” and “choking” just for the record.

Notso Fast

June 30th, 2010
6:50 pm

I remember when your article would concerned me since ND usually got anybody they wanted. Times have change. Their interest in him now doesn’t even mean he a top notch prospect.

ace0018

June 30th, 2010
7:01 pm

With all the talent ga tech has had in baseball, i dont think a ga tech baseball fan should talk about chocking!

Barack Dawg

June 30th, 2010
7:02 pm

6-5)..(6-4)..(25-6)..Still own you –

You own UGA this year in baseball. We owned you in basketball this year. We own you in football this decade 8-1. So much for your ownership…..beotch.

Just Learing

June 30th, 2010
7:58 pm

What if (cat) was really spelled (KATT), makes you wonder

Dawggregg

June 30th, 2010
8:13 pm

How about that Jiminy Clausen and all those Heismans?
Ron Powlus part II….LOL

Dawg Fan

June 30th, 2010
8:18 pm

I hope to see Xzavier Ward playing between the hedges next year. He would make a great Dawg. And we definitely could use some more linemen.

roll tide

June 30th, 2010
8:26 pm

Come on Xzavier. Uga’s loaded with Watts Danzler,Kolton Houston,Tanner Strickland,Dallas Lee, Big Jonathan Owens and the two studs, the long boys from Memphis. You ask Kiante Tripp about Richt assuring him he would be a first round pick if he moved to offense. He did and now where is he? Running around like a chicken with his head cut off as a backup defensive end. Bean Anderson was playing behind Chris Davis for God’s sake and they’re fixing to bench Josh Davis rather than Clint Boling or Chris Davis when Sturdivant comes back.James Carpenter’s life would have been ruined if he had gone to Uga. Thank goodnes their crack coaching staff didn’t know about him . Stay out of that mess at Uga. They don’t treat their offensive lineman fairly over there and we know why. You come to Alabama an follow James as a No. 1 draft pick, and play next to another georgia product : big Chance Warmack out of Atlnta Westlake. I don’t trust Richt and Bobo, Do you? Richt’s one of them “Convenient Christians” Roll Tide, Tide Roll!

War Eagle Colquitt

June 30th, 2010
9:00 pm

You Know Auburn is closer to Moultrie and a whole lot easier to conform to. We will put you to work immediately and there is a player for Auburn that has Colquitt County ties. John Sullen’s mother is from Colquitt County!!!! Come on and help us turn back the tide!!!!!

neel

June 30th, 2010
9:03 pm

Hardly an ND fan but Dawggregg you look like a moron with that comment. Clausen was one hell of a QB last year as a JUNIOR and he’ll be a good one in the NFL. Like UGA fans have room to talk about QB’s…Eric Zeier and Quincy Carter were quite the dynamic duo. You may want to look at the number of ND players in the NFL, it’s actually more than Georgia and Alabama.

bufbox

June 30th, 2010
9:09 pm

Need to get Ray Goff to advocate for the Dawgs with this kid… folks may laugh but he is a respected man in Moultrie area.

roll tide

June 30th, 2010
9:09 pm

o yeah- i am a gay activist

GT Dog

June 30th, 2010
9:10 pm

Oh my, oh my…the “other” roll tide is awake.

What a blathering fool! Boling, C. Davis, J. Davis, Jones are all being mentioned as possible All-SEC, but this clown knows better than the coaching staff as well as the professinals who follow college football as their livelihood?

By the way, your native boy Jones that you hate so much? You do realize that the Tide did offer the young man, right? And he was “discovered” at a UGA camp, right?

And the terrible Boling who’s being mentioned as a pretty sure 1st round NFL pick next year? Thank goodness the “crack” UGA coaching staff found him, whew…

“roll tide”, you are SOoooo predictable, can’t you change your tune a little, maybe come up with a new story-line after a month of this crap? Please?

Hunker Down

June 30th, 2010
9:48 pm

I have a tremendous amount of respect for the University of Alabama and their very rich football history. Unfortunately some of the bloggers I read on these post give the school an undeserving black eye by the ludacrous and tasteless comments. I do not feel the main stream of Alabama Alumn are so lacking in intelligent debate. I enjoy hearing meaningful arguments on the recruiting battles and the game. It is unfortunate to have to endure some of the mindless rhetoric in the process.

Maconite

June 30th, 2010
9:48 pm

I don’t get the attitude. Good for this kid and good for the region to get notice from a school that recruits nationally. This country backwards attitude of Notre Dame being inferior to the perennial national championship contenders at UGA is crazy. At ND, he gets a GTech quality education, or better, but with national reknown and much broader alum connections for jobs. Not to mention the previous post about higher NFL yield. You’re ignorant if you think that’s worth shrugging off.

Nashville4UGA

June 30th, 2010
10:01 pm

Actually Georgia has more players in the NFL now (48) than Notre Dame (34) Not that it really matters, but please research something before you post.

Mark

June 30th, 2010
10:04 pm

Damn there are some ignorant comments on here. Fact is: Notre Dame is top notch academically, has the highest graduation rate for athletes and win or lose the program gives players more national exposure and opportunity to play in the NFL. Brian Kelly will turn the program around and they should be back among the elite programs soon. If you don’t make the NFL – you still have a degree from Notre Dame which will take you a lot farther than a degree from any SEC school (Vanderbilt being the exception).

Look Alive

June 30th, 2010
10:24 pm

I was visiting some relatives in alabama and had lunch in a burger joint called jacks. a middle-aged man was working behind the counter and he beamed when i said i see you are an alabama alum. he looked surprised and said how did you know? i told him that i saw his alabama ring while he was picking his nose. roll tide

Poco1dawgstoy

June 30th, 2010
10:36 pm

LOL
LOL
Nd is cupcake city these days

Late word for the Notor Dams
Ward is going to play for a team in Athens.
And FLA OL Debell is likely down to UGA
or UT (no Nd LOL).

Nd can still count on NBC
for more BS even though CBS and ABC own the market

i laugh at college teams who can’t play in a real conference these days
(Nd)

Nashville4UGA

June 30th, 2010
10:37 pm

Mark, you may be right. I like Kelly as a coach and he may in fact turn Notre Dame around, and yes Notre Dame is a great school, but to say that Notre Dame gives a player more national exposure to get them to the NFL is reaching a little. NFL scouts are going to evaluate talent no matter where they play. Out of the schools Ward lists as his top schools only Clemson (27) has less current NFL players than Notre Dame’s 34.

Look Alive

June 30th, 2010
10:37 pm

three men went on a fishing trip. one was from UGA, one from auburn and one from alabama. their car broke down on a lonely dark road and they saw a light from a farm house. they decided to see if they could spend the night. a farmer answered the door and they explained their situation. he said he could let two sleep in the house but one has to sleep in the barn with a stinking pig. the UGA man said he was tough so he would sleep in the barn. about ten minutes later the UGA man knocked on the door and was holding his nose and said he could not stand the pig. the auburn man said we are used to pigs so he would sleep in the barn. about ten minutes later the auburn man knocked on the door and said he could not stand the pig either. the alabama man laughed and said lf i can stand saban i can stand any pig. time went by and there was a knock on the door and the pig was standing there holding his nose. roll tide

Jim in Ga

June 30th, 2010
10:39 pm

RUSS FOR PRESIDENT,

I only question why it’s relevant. For me the AJC should be a state of Ga newspaper, but I get that it’s a major newspaper for the SE. But why do we have to hear about ND offering a player in Ga? The academics are no doubt top notch, but I’m willing to bet that very few players care about that. They want to get to the NFL or win a national championship, something that UGA, GT, Bama, UF, among others have a better shot at.

Red Dog 77

June 30th, 2010
10:42 pm

Notre Dame may have offered Xzavier Ward, But something tells me Mr. Ward knows the “BIG DOG ” is fix’n to eat, and he will want to be at the BULLDOG table !!!!!………Xzavier, RED and BLACK, with SILVER britches is gonna look real good on you !! GO DOGS !! SIC’ ‘EM………WOOF…….WOOF……WOOF !!!!!!!

DDPO

June 30th, 2010
10:43 pm

Jim in Ga -

Notre Dame is relevant. On a national level. They’ve been more relevant historically than UGA has ever been or ever will be…

Let me guess, you’re one of these yokels on here that thinks UGA needs to get their own national television deal, right?

Jim in Ga

June 30th, 2010
11:09 pm

DDPO,

And people talk of UGA living in the past. I never said ND isn’t a historic program but they haven’t done much of anything in the last twenty years. My issue is they aren’t a good program right now and haven’t been for a while, so why do we have to read about them everytime they offer a program? If UF, Bama, even UT offer I can expect to read it on here but ND isn’t news worthy right now.

Captain

June 30th, 2010
11:23 pm

Look alive – if you are going to call Auburn Auburn and Alabama Alabama why don’t you call Georgia Georgia? Leave the initials for initial schools, like FSU LSU UCLA UNLV. We are The University of Georgia, that’s Georgia. If Alabama is Alabama, if Auburn is Auburn, if Florida is Florida then Georgia is Georgia, drop this initials crap.

cantondawg

July 1st, 2010
12:41 am

As a Georgia fan, i can never understand why other UGA fans have to stoop so low as to denigrate another college. ND is a fine academic institution that has a rich history in football. Sure, they have been down lately but they are still a national power and very relevant.

dawgfan

July 1st, 2010
12:48 am

X to the Zavier, come to UGA and vie for playing time immediately. Having a new DC, all spots are for the taking. He will field the best 11 on D or at least the 11 who want to play and win for UGA. How’s old Rush working out down there in Colquitt Co. He’s got a history for winning, so I expect many more prospects from his program, only problem is his ties to Alabama (Hoover, remember?). Anyway, hope CTG can seal the deal with these top ranked in-state kids. Go Dawgs, sic ‘em woof woof woof!!!!!!

mike

July 1st, 2010
6:55 am

Paddy

July 1st, 2010
7:33 am

jim in ga…ND has the ” IT ” factor. Like it or not, people are interested in anything Irish. Wish my Dawgs had the ” IT ” factor, but they don”t. Alabama, Ohio St and So Cal also have it to some degree.

dap01

July 1st, 2010
8:03 am

Is Notre Dame still considered a division 1 team? Seriously, they are barely second rate. They have to have a great game to beat Navy.

midland Dog

July 1st, 2010
8:05 am

Notre Dame…Really? (Irrelevant)

SuperB

July 1st, 2010
8:18 am

They should change the Notre Dame fight song to:

Misty water color memories………….of the way we were.

Paddy

July 1st, 2010
8:18 am

dap01…that sounds like the “now” generation coming out of your post. Instant gratification and instant awareness. Thats what makes football and baseball such great sports. Fans not only love tradition, they embrace tradition. Like it or not, Knute will always be loved no matter what team you root for.. Yes ND did struggle with an under-talented Navy squad. But if you remember, Army had its troubles with Fordam. Football is a great sport if you just look beyond today.

destin dawg

July 1st, 2010
8:23 am

Notre Dame is not what it used to be that’s for sure and not worth the article… education very average…UGA seems like a great fit… UGA football is on an upswing.. Athens a great college town.. not many women at ND or GT !!!!!!

Underdog

July 1st, 2010
8:25 am

Bufbox, Ray Goff isn’t gonna help UGA do squat. He’s still pi$$ed off that they fired him for his incompetent coaching. His kids were so mad, they went to college at Auburn. If anything, Goff will lead this kid to sign with Auburn. That’s just how vindictive he is.

ATL XMAN

July 1st, 2010
8:25 am

paddy..what it factor is that?..they havent had anything for 20 years it seems. you must be 60 plus years old. no way ward goes to ND. they have lost all respect with the fluff schedule the play year in and year out by losing so many games the last 7 or so years.

UGA has way more IT factor than ND as the recruiting classes of UGA prove that.

ATL XMAN

July 1st, 2010
8:31 am

neel…ND pro players have retired so UGA and ALA have more now. Jimmy will be ok in the NFL he had 1 good year and that was last year playing a bunch of puffs most years. i think clausen is not tuff enough to be a starter in the pros.

Colquitt Co Pack.

July 1st, 2010
8:42 am

Nobody in Moultrie…AKA Little Tijuana….gives a tinker’s damn about Ray Goff anymore. The citizens of Moultrie were too busy trying to get green cards to worry about what was going on in Athens back in 1995, and now there’s so many hispanics in Colquitt Co, it looks like a permanent Cinco de Mayo celebration. As a matter of fact, I’m surprised that they haven’t turned Mack Tharpe Stadium into a soccer field and give up football in Moultrie.

Paddy

July 1st, 2010
9:00 am

ATL AXMAN……I understand your point. It has validity in todays society. My point was the history of the game. ND is still a school of great interest. Largest fan base in America. To write them off as second rate is, on one hand understanable On the other hand, they stir imagination in fans on a broad scale. Kelly should bring them back to where most casual fans recognize them as a team to be watched on the national level. You have mis -calculated my birthday I think because of my interest in the history of the sport. I must disagree with the ” it factor”. ND will always have that aura more than my beloved Dawgs. And I hate that as much as you do!

richtfan

July 1st, 2010
9:05 am

hey roll tide, you evidently don’t know what you’re talking about. kiante tripp didn’t do wel as an OL because he was not motivated to be the best. at uga you must work hard and be aggressive if you want to play.

poopdawg

July 1st, 2010
9:10 am

Chip i must have missed the article when he got the East Carolina offer.

Who Cares

July 1st, 2010
9:25 am

I really don’t understand why an offer from Notre Dame would merit an article being written. Notre Dame hasn’t been a factor in College Football in forever

Big Albany Dawg

July 1st, 2010
9:51 am

Let me put this into perspective…The kid also got an offer from East Carolina two weeks ago. ND, big deal.