“He’s an impact player for us – even as a sophomore,” Marvin Ridge head coach Brad Hoover said. “He’s really grown a lot this year and stepped into the leadership role. He works hard and demands a lot. He’s one of those guys who’s going to come down with the ball no matter what. He’s a great high-point ball catcher. He’s a very tough player. He’s a tall, smart, physical kid. He runs good routes.
“He still has a lot of growing and maturation in his game, but right now I feel like he’s one of the best players in our conference as a sophomore. His footwork, ball skills, and route running is only going to get better.”
At UNC’s camp this past summer, Emezie broad jumped 9-foot-4 and ran a 4.81-second 40-yard dash.
As a freshman, Emezie was promoted to varsity for the final three games of the 2013 season.
“We just felt like we needed his style on play on varsity,” Hoover said.
Emezie took his lumps that season, but the experience proved invaluable. That experience coupled with the promotion of Emezie’s middle school quarterback allowed Emezie to lead Marvin Ridge in receiving this past season. He finished with 57 catches for 1,014 yards and nine touchdowns.
Spearheaded by assistant coach Gunter Brewer, North Carolina has expressed the most interest in Emezie.
“I don’t know where they’re at with an offer,” Hoover said. “I know they’ve taken a look at him. [Brewer] says he’s an explosive player.
“I think he’s be a great fit at North Carolina given the style of offense that they run and given his attributes.”
Most of the schools in the ACC, most notably Clemson, as well as Indiana and Old Dominion have also inquired about Emezie.
Seeing the season he was having, Brewer invited Emezie to UNC for a football game. He attended the Tar Heels’ gripping victory over Georgia Tech in October.
“That was really cool going down on the field and seeing all the players and how they warm up [compared] to high school – it’s almost professional,” Emezie said. “It was pretty cool.”
Prior to kickoff, Emezie spoke briefly with Brewer.
“He told me that he’s heard about me and was looking forward to recruiting me,” Emezie said.
During the summer, Emezie had a chance to work out under the guidance of Brewer. Emezie camped at UNC in June.
“There were a lot of drills I hadn’t done before,” Emezie said. “You could tell he was a really good coach [who] knows what he’s doing.”
The only other school that Emezie has visited is UNC-Charlotte.
At this early stage of his recruitment, Emezie says he’s wide open to every school.
Emezie played basketball for Marvin Ridge last season, but may elect to focus solely on football this offseason… Emerzie aspires to be an engineer.
2017 Target: Emeka Emezie
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