New Terps Target Ezell Means Business

It only requires a quick glance Tyrone Ezell's profile photo, in which the chiseled Steel City (Pa.) defensive end stares menacingly, to determine he means business. Likewise, the Maryland coaching staff recently showed Ezell it's serious as well about trying to bring the hard-hitting pass-rusher on board.

"Yeah, I've got a mean streak on the field. Someone at my school told me that off the field, I'm a cool, calm person, but on the field I'm an entirely different person," said Ezell, a four-star prospect and the No. 24 defensive end in the nation. "But it's football. You've got to be that way. You've got to be tough on the field."

Apparently the Terps staff likes his makeup as well. Receivers coach Lee Hull traveled to Pennsylvania recently to hand-deliver a scholarship offer and speak with the 6-foot-4, 257-pound junior.

"They said they liked my film, and that I'm the type of player they want to play on their line," he said. "I liked him, he seemed like the type of guy I could get to know and be around."

Ezell runs a 4.7-second 40-yard dash. Last fall he led his team to an undefeated regular-season mark and a 10-1 record while recording 122 tackles, nine sacks and five forced fumbles. As a heavyweight wrestler, he was the only one on his team to qualify for regionals and fell one win short of a state tournament berth.

At first, Ezell strongly favored the hometown Pittsburgh Panthers, but with the influx of interest came a newfound appreciation of the plentiful options Ezell has. Maryland, Colorado, Pitt, Illinois, Virginia and Rutgers are among the schools that have offered, while Michigan, West Virginia, Miami and Penn State have shown interest. Ezell, who moved East from Chicago to escape a tough environment, would like to stay somewhere in the region and is interested in seeing what the D.C./Maryland area has to offer.

"I want to stay close. I don't mind going [away], but I don't want to go too, too far," he said. "I want to go somewhere I have the opportunity to play my first year, a good education and a good social [scene]."

At this point, it seems the Terps will have to make up some ground in order to land Ezell, but he said he'd like to visit, and it's clear the staff has made him a priority.

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