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.