"I watched the beginning of the game, but I couldn't see a lot of it because we had a playoff game to play," Ward tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "I know Auburn got off to a bad start. I only got to see one quarter of the game, but I wasn't surprised when I heard they came back and won the game."
A visitor to Auburn several times this year, including a trip to the Big Cat Weekend with other bluechip recruits in the spring, the senior offensive tackle says he is seriously looking at Coach Gene Chizik's Tigers.
"I am liking Auburn a lot right now," he says. "I have been to a couple of the games and the coaches treat me like family there."
Colquitt County defeated Mill Creek in the Class AAAAA state playoffs the same day Auburn was defeating Alabama. The win moved the Packers into the state playoff semi-finals. "Our team is playing well and we play at Grayson on Friday," Ward says.
Xzavier Ward is one of the more heavily recruited prospects in Georgia this season.
The 6-7, 260-pound senior says he believes he is making strides as a football player this season. "I have been working on becoming more physical and I think I have improved in that area," he says.
Colquitt County head coach, Rush Propst, says he expects that Ward will be able to add a significant amount of weight as he matures and adds that he believes the tall offensive lineman has a promising future as an SEC level prospect.