Ward enjoyed Athens

Georgia was first to offer Xzavier Ward a scholarship last fall and they got one of their top OL targets up to Athens this week. He enjoyed himself and talks about his visit here.

"I called Georgia and told them that I wanted to visit them, so they invited me up. I went up there on Tuesday afternoon and I just left," said Xzavier Ward early Wednesday afternoon.

"I spent about 24 hours in Athens, I hung out with some of the players, I spent some time with Coach [Stacy] Searels, and I just looked over everything again."

"I had been there before a couple of times, so I had seen most of Georgia's campus and I had met a couple of players before, but I got to meet more with Coach Searels this time. That was really the only difference from my past trips."

One thing really stood out to Ward too during his time with the UGA Offensive Line Coach.

"I saw I would have a chance to play early if I went to Georgia. They want me to play left tackle and Coach Searels broke down the depth chart at that position while I was there. He showed me I could compete for playing time as a freshman."

"I want to play early like all the other freshmen, so that was nice."

His time with Coach Searels brought them closer together too. They have talked on the phone before, met before a Georgia game last fall, and exchanged emails, but the one on one time helped them bond.

"I spent a good bit of time with him and he was really the only coach I spent time with because Coach [Mark] Richt was not there. We talked about a lot of things, we looked over depth charts, we talked about how practice goes there, and we watched film."

Ward has great length and feet.
"He really made it easy for me to talk to him and I feel like he really wants me to play for him at Georgia. He told me that they want me to go to Georgia, so that was cool too. We really have a good relationship going now."

The 6-foot-7, 260 pound tackle out of Moultrie (GA) Colquitt County not only likes the relationship that he is continuing to build with Searels, but he likes how close to current UGA players are with each other too.

"The bond that the team has really stood out to me up there," he said. "They are just a tight group and they all seem to be best friends. I spent time with Austin Long, Ben Jones, and some other players and they all have a special bond. It was nice to see something like that."

Although he wasn't able to talk one on one with the UGA head coach, Ward was happy that he made the trip up to Athens.

He got to see a different side of the players when they were not on the field in uniform, he was really educated by Coach Searels about what it would be like if he became a Bulldog in the future, and he liked what he saw.

"I had a lot of fun up there and I really enjoyed my time at Georgia. I still have them high on my list and I feel good about them."

"I wasn't looking to go up there and commit or anything, but I did learn some things, see some new things, and I still like them a lot."

Ward is still open at this time and he plans to narrow his list down later this summer. He does plan to take five official visits before making his decision late in 2010.

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