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Colquitt star tackle Ward verbally commits to UGA

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

MOULTRIE -- When Xzavier Ward was first offered a scholarship to play football at the University of Georgia, he hesitated and the offer was withdrawn.

When the Bulldogs Mike Bobo called and made the offer again Monday, the Packers' 6-foot-7, 260-pound offensive tackle wasted little time accepting.

"I feel like this is the best decision for me," Ward said. "And all I wanted to do was join the 'Dream Team.' "

Ward is the Bulldogs' 22nd commitment and joins two other All-Region 1-AAAAA stars -- Valdosta's Jay Rome and Malcolm Mitchell -- in committing to Georgia within the last week.

"He's made the right decision," Packers coach Rush Propst said Monday. "He is a good fit for Georgia and Georgia is a good fit for him."

Ward had a number of offers and drew considerable interest from Georgia Tech, Auburn, Alabama and Clemson, and even traveled to Mississippi State last week.

Auburn and Alabama had their fill of offensive line commitments and withdrew their offers.

Ward received a four-star rating by ESPNU/Scouts Inc. and was ranked a three-star prospect by Rivals and Scout.

He also was the top-ranked offensive lineman in the Atlanta-Journal Constitution's Fab 50 and was named to a pair of All-State teams.

Ward and Propst both said the fact that Georgia does not have an offensive line coach was a problem.

Ward said he expects Georgia to hire a top-notch coach to replace Stacy Searels, who left recently to take over as the offensive line coach at Texas.

Ward played right tackle as a junior, but was moved to left tackle in 2010 and helped Colquitt County average more than 430 yards of offense as the Packers advanced to the state championship game.