A 2018 prospect who has really soared on Georgia’s board this year is Stockbridge (GA) receiver Marquez Ezzard. In late December, Ezzard shined during Rising Seniors week, and up to that point did not hold a Georgia offer. After an impressive performance at Rising Seniors, Ezzard was offered by Georgia shortly after, and has become a top target ever since. Schools across the county have offered as well, and Ezzard is says a few schools are standing out the most.
“I went to visit Auburn last week and the visit fun.” Ezzard said. “I really enjoyed it. I went with my teammate Brenton Cox and my head coach. We were up there for a coaching clinic, but I got see coach Kodi Burns and we sat down individually and talk. We talked about routes and I got to see practice as well.”
After his visit to Auburn, Ezzard traveled back to visit Georgia. While it wasn’t the visit he expected, he still got to meet with the coaches for a bit.
“I meant to go to a cookout at Georgia but we were late coming back from Auburn so when we got there it was over.” Ezzard said. “Me and wide receivers coach James Coley met up and he showed me some film about their practice and stuff like that. We talk about just football and life. We have a great relationship.”
Ezzard has also become close with head coach Kirby Smart. The second-year head coach has laid out a full plan for Ezzard, and let him know he’s wanted in Athens.
“Me and head coach Kirby Smart are really close too.” Ezzard said. “They talk with me about every day. They said me and Kearis Jackson are the top guys for them in the 2018 class. They are taking only three receivers and we are the top two. Me and Kearis are real close so we have talked about playing together.”
Ezzard has built a number of relationships with other top recruits through recruitment and the camp circuit. His Stockbridge teammate, defensive end Brenton Cox, is a close friend and another top Georgia target.
“Me and Brenton (Cox) are really close as well.” Ezzard said. “We’ve always played together so it’s like we grew up together. We didn’t go to middle school together but once high school started, we knew we wanted to link up and play together.”
There’s a chance the two could play together at the next level, but there’s nothing guaranteed in recruiting. Ezzard admitted that would be fun, but it’s not a package deal or anything like that.
Ole Miss and Oregon are two more teams making Ezzard a priority. He plans to visit Oregon and Southern Cal in the near future. At 6-foot-1 208-pounds, Ezzard is built well physically, with good speed and playmaking ability. He plans to continue taking visits, and commit after his senior season.