OL Prospect Hoping to Win State Championship

A tall and talented tackle talks about his team's run in the Georgia state playoffs and recruiting.

Moultrie, Ga.--Offensive tackle Xzavier Ward said his Colquitt High School football team has peaked at the right time of the season to make its strong run in the Georgia state playoffs.

On Saturday at 7 p.m. CST at the Georgia Dome the Packers will try to knock off the Brookwood Broncos for the big school (Class AAAAA) state championship.

"It is very exciting for us," the 6-7, 270 offensive tackle tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "We have been finding ways to win games and are improving as a team."

Colquitt County, which entered the playoffs with five losses, upset Grayson 31-24 in the semi-finals last week. "It was an exciting game that went down to the last couple of plays," Ward said.

"Now we have one more game to win the state championship," he added. "It would mean everything for us to win it because it is something we have been working for the last three years."

Ward is rated as a three-star offensive tackle.

Ward said he tuned in to television on last Saturday night and watched some of the action as Auburn routed South Carolina 56-17 in the SEC Championship Game on the same field he will be playing on this Saturday night in Atlanta. "I thought Auburn did a really good job," he said. "They made a lot of big plays on offense and played good defense."

The offensive tackle has taken several visits to Auburn this year and said the Tigers are a college he is seriously considering along with Georgia, Florida, Alabama and Clemson. "I still like Auburn a lot," he said.

Ward notes that he has several dozen scholarship offers, but expects to pick one of the four SEC schools on his list or Clemson when he turns his attention to recruiting after his season.

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