It turns out Maryland has another cornerback prospect on its radar other than four-star Jalen Tabor. Last Friday, Dec. 13, the Terps extended an offer to under-the-radar defensive back Daniel Ezeagwu out Colonial Forge High in Stafford, Va. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder, who previously held verbals from James Madison, Old Dominion and Towson earlier during the year, now has a pair of BCS scholarships from Virginia and the Terps.
"Coach [Tom] Brattan had called me last week, and they had come into the school and then we sent [the Maryland staff] the film," Colonial Forge head coach Bill Brown said. "And I believe their defensive back coach watched the film and really liked what he saw. Some schools the receivers' coaches are excited about Daniel, but Maryland likes him for defensive back and offered him."
Brown said Ezeagwu brings plenty to the table on both sides of the ball, though this year he excelled at corner. The fact that he's 6-2, built like a linebacker and boasted running back's speed made him a special player out on the edge.
"First, he's tall and just very physical. He gives receivers a lot of trouble at the line of scrimmage in press coverage when they try to get off," Brown said. "I mean, he's a well-built 200 pounds, so he's tough to knock off the route. He's a really nice-looking athlete. Then at Virginia Tech's camp he ran a laser 4.5 40-yard dash, so he's got the speed, he's got the strength, he's got the power and he's got the athleticism."
Apparently he has the grades too. Brown said Ezeagwu has a 3.0 GPA and is all set with his SATs.
So, why haven't more major programs been on him?
"I've been doing this almost 40 years, and I've sent over 100 kids to Division I football. This one has baffled me from Day One," Brown said. "One of the issues, though, is he and his twin brother, David, live with their aunt and uncle because their mother and father are in Africa and have been for the last eight years. So [Daniel and David] have trouble with transportation, and when all these college coaches came in in the spring and wanted Daniel to come to one-day camps, he wasn't able to go. They push those camps hard now, so the fact he couldn't go may have had something to do with it.
"But, I mean, you see this kid in person and coaches drop their jaws. There's no reason he shouldn't have plenty of options at the high Division I level."
Virginia Tech is one other school that could get involved. Brown said he's spoken at length to Tech coach Bud Foster about Ezeagwu.
"Bud hasn't pulled the trigger yet, but he said, ‘Don't count us out,'" Bronwn said. "He said, ‘We're still in the game.'"
Right now, though, Brown said Ezeagwu is satisfied with the offers he does have. He plans to officially visit UVA on Jan. 17 and will likely head to College Park Jan. 24. Old Dominion may also get an official, and James Madison is almost certain to get a look as well. In fact, the Dukes may be the darkhorse here even though they're a I-AA program.
"I'll tell you JMU was the one that offered him very early, and they have also offered his brother, David," Brown said. "Daniel is very close to his brother, and he's very concerned about him, so the fact that JMU offered both means something to him. It wouldn't surprise me if Daniel wanted to go to [college] with his brother."
Ezeagwu, however, isn't favoring any programs as of yet, according to Brown. He said the process is still rather new to him because he hasn't had a chance to visit many schools other than those near Colonial Forge like Virginia Tech.
"Maryland, UVA, they just came in and he doesn't know anything about them yet," Brown said, chuckling. "They're still new to him. He hasn't had time to pick a favorite yet."
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