Big Cat Weekend Good First Trip to Auburn

Offensive tackle Xzavier Ward made the trip from south Georgia to Auburn for the Big Cat Weekend.

Moultrie, Ga.--With Auburn hunting for offensive linemen for its 2011 recruiting class, Colquitt County High School's Xzavier Ward says that he learned on his visit to Auburn's Big Cat Weekend that the AU coaching staff is very interested in signing him.

A 6-7, 260-pounder, Ward notes that Coach Gene Chizik and offensive line coach Jeff Grimes made it clear to him that tackles are a high priority for the Tigers because of a shortage of players on the roster at that position.

After making his first trip to the AU campus, Ward notes that Auburn is a college that interests him. "I like the character of the place and the attitude of the coaches," he says. "It seems like it would be a great place to be."

Ward also notes that he enjoyed the Big Cat Weekend, an event designed to give prospects a chance to build personal relationships with the Auburn coaches with football being just one of the items on the agenda.

The rising senior notes that he currently has 16 scholarship offers. "I am trying to narrow it down a bit," he says.

His head coach at Colquitt County High, Rush Propst, was head coach of former Tiger standout Brandon Johnson at Alma Bryant High in Bayou La Batre, La. He later turned out college prospects at Hoover High. Propst says he has no doubts that Ward will be able to get the job done in college football.

"He is a good prospect," Propst says. "He is as good as I have had and I have had a lot of good ones."

With just 260 pounds on his tall frame, Ward has room to add a significant amount of weight without losing his agility. "I have no idea," the tackle says when asked about how big he thinks he will be when he stops growing. However, he does know that Propst wants to see him at 275 to 280 pounds for his senior season.

The left tackle points out that he is in no hurry to make a college decision and will probably wait until after his senior season with the Packers before making a selection.

Commenting on what will be the major factors he will use to choose a college, the lineman says, "Most important are education and the depth chart."

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