Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Recruiting Roundup - 8 Days til NSD

Xzavier Ward became Georgia's 22nd commitment yesterday and it's 6th OL commit. Last week we considered the possibility of a grayshirt for Ward. Now he's set to join the Dawgs in June
“He’s only played two years of high school football at that position.” Colquitt County coach Rush Propst said. “He was good for us, he took us to the state championship game, but I think his best football is ahead of him now.”
The question will be how far ahead of him. Ward is 6'6" and about 270 lbs. The quick comparisons are to Dennis Roland and Josh Davis. Both tackles, they came into Athens tall and in need of bulk. Davis just finished a good career in Athens and Roland is still with the Bengals the last I heard. Despite numerous knee injuries Roland is slowly building a respectable professional career with 24 overall starts the last two seasons.

Back to Ward, he's about to be redshirted in just his third year of football. But there seems to be tremendous upside. If he's going to protect Murray's blindside during the quarterback's junior season...he's also going to need to block for Crowell, right? 

Regardless, welcome aboard Ward! As far as other offensive linemen...it looks like Gadbois is out. Antonio Richardson is still a possibility but doesn't seem likely.

Next, to clarify on Jenkins from yesterday, he's in classes at Gulf Coast all week and wants to be at home in Connecticut when he signs. So news from him likely comes the Friday or Saturday after NSD. There might be a chance he makes a decision public after his visit to Gainesville this weekend. But all signs point to next weekend right now.

And last, Kent Turene had a great time in Athens over the weekend, but not enough to change his verbal from USC. Can Georgia coaches change his mind here in the final week? They'll return the favor with a visit to him today. I'm liking our chances more and more.


pig ull said...

One of the OS are listing a likely UGA commitment from OLB Dexter Staley. Is he from FLA or SC?

Has he been offered yet, or are our recruiters waiting to see about Rev. Ray Drew?

I suppose we're looking for an OLB and if we don't get Drew we offer and get Staley?

Similarly, are we going to offer another DT if JJ goes elsewhere and another RB if Crowell does the unthinkable?


Bernie said...

@Pitbull We have a good shot at Staley, but he'll be heading the JUCO route after signing with whoever he decides on (us, UF and South Car plus some others). He's already been offered, so it doesn't depend on Drew. Just a matter of him getting his academics in order before he plays D1.

The DT and RB question is one I hope we don't have to face. But if we do, it's likely that we don't know who until after signing day.

Cojones said...

Has anyone noticed that for the first year I can remember (within recent years)we closed and got two great players from Valdosta, breaking the stranglehold that FSU seems to have had on the best high school team in the nation year in and year out.