BUFORD, Ga. --- Four-star wide receiver Marquez Ezzard's summer visits will greatly impact his finalists list. Although it's too soon to schedule any trips, the 6-foot-2, 213-pound Stockbridge (Ga.) product says North Carolina will definitely be on his docket.
"I know I'm going to go to Carolina, because my weight training coach, Coach [Stoney] Lunsford, he used to coach there," Ezzard said. "He told me Carolina is a good school."
While attending UNC in the early 1990s, Lunsford, a Hendersonville (N.C.) native, was a student assistant in strength and conditioning.
Having yet to visit Chapel Hill, Ezzard's knowledge of UNC is understandably limited.
"I like the offense that they run and how they get their receivers the ball," Ezzard said.
Since offering during his sophomore season, UNC area recruiter Chris Kapilovic has had occasional contact with Ezzard.
"He's in love with my film," Ezzard said. "He can't wait to get me on campus."
As Stockbridge went undefeated until reaching the semfinals of the GHSAA AAAAA playoffs, Ezzard was its top offensive weapon. He led the team in receiving with 50 receptions for 1,015 yards and a dozen touchdowns. He also found the end zone three times on rushes.
In addition to UNC, Florida and Miami are on Ezzard's summer visit wish list.
Ezzard has already visited Ole Miss and South Carolina, and has made a few trips to Auburn and Georgia.
"All the schools that are recruiting, they're all recruiting me hard equally -- Auburn, Georgia, Ole Miss, and there's a few more," Ezzard said. "They aren't my top schools -- they're recruiting me the hardest."
Ezzard won't release his top schools list until the beginning of the 2017 football season. At that point, he'll need to cut his over two dozen scholarship list to a more manageable number.
"I have to see who's going to make it," Ezzard said. "I'm still investigating."
A potential X-factor in Ezzard's decisions is Brenton Cox. The two four-star prospects have played together since Pop Warner football. Ezzard says there's a 50-percent chance the two end up at the same college.
"It's not really a package deal," Ezzard said. "It's just that we both have interest in some of the same schools. Like every time we go on a visit, we go with each other. That's basically all it is."