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Monday, January 24, 2011

Georgia's commitment list keeps growing

The Georgia football team has received another offensive line commitment - but not the one many were expecting.

Xzavier Ward of Colquitt County High School offered his commitment on Monday, according to various recruiting web sites. (It was first reported by

The bigger story now may be that Georgia is racing to the SEC limit of 28 signed recruits. Ward becomes the 22nd commitment for this class, although two of them (QB Christian LeMay and WR Chris Conley) have already enrolled and thus can count towards last year.

Teams are also limited to 25 enrolled freshman, and the Bulldogs are still hoping to get three more prime prospects: RB Isaiah Crowell, LB-DE Ray Drew and JUCO nose tackle Johnathan Jenkins. If the Bulldogs got all three (not a pipe dream), they'd still have room for two more assuming LeMay and Conley back-count.

Then there's gray-shirting, players not qualifying, all that fun stuff. And the NCAA overall scholarship limit of 85.

Ward is listed at 6-foot-6, 260 pounds, and is rated a three-star prospect by Rivals, Scout and He becomes the sixth offensive lineman in Georgia's class. The Bulldogs had also been recruiting Antonio Richardson - whom most expect to go to Tennessee - and Taylor Gadbois, a Miami commitment from Dallas, Ga.

Gadbois then re-affirmed his commitment to Miami on Monday, according to Chad Simmons of So you can apparently scratch him from Georgia's list. Richardson is so highly-thought of that if he wanted to go to Georgia, I suspect the Bulldogs would make room.

If numbers do become an issue, gray-shirting (the practice of a player sitting out the fall and enrolling in January) could still be an option for Ward.

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