Marquez Ezzard helped Stockbridge to the 5A Semifinals last season. The 6-foot-1, 197-pound receiver caught 50 passes for over a 1,000 yards and 14 touchdowns. This was good enough to earn All-State status. Colleges have taken notice as his offer list looks like a who's who list. It consists of schools like Georgia, Tennessee, Auburn, Ole Miss, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida, Miami and just about everyone else from coast-to-coast.
Scout's No.202 overall rated player had a chance to take in a recent trip to Ole Miss. He gave us his thoughts on the Rebels.
"I just wanted to get around their coaches and players one more time," Ezzard said. "I've been going over there since my ninth grade year, but it's been a while since I have been back over. It was great. I got to meet my position coach, Jacob Peeler, in person. I sat down with their coaches and just talked about life and what would be expected of me if I were to go there."
Ezzard became interested in Ole Miss after taking in a summer camp as a ninth grader.
"I came for a camp. It wasn't a visit. It was just a camp, but I really clicked with their coaches. They are really cool. They are easy to get along with. That's when they offered me. We have been keeping in touch ever since."
Ole Miss tight end coach, Maurice Harris, is the coach for the Rebel staff that recruits the Stockbridge area.
"Me and coach Harris are real close. He comes by the school to see me all of the time. I just like the way he keeps it real with me."
Marquez' former teammates, Ken Webster and Charles Wiley, are now at Ole Miss. They have given him an indepth view of what it is like to be a student athlete at Ole Miss.
"I just like their coaches and players. Ken and Charles go there. They love it. That's why I came back. I wanted to see what it was like. I liked everything about Ole Miss, really. It just has a family feel to it. I'll be coming back over there soon."
Is there are a group of schools on top of the wish list?
"No sir. I have been to Auburn, Georgia, Tennessee, Ole Miss, and some other schools. I can't think of all of them off of the top of my head."
Auburn has always been a factor as well.
"I like their facilities and coaches there. It's the same thing with Tennessee and Georgia. Except for Georgia is real close to home. It would give my folks a chance to see me play a lot."
Yancy Porter is the recruiting analyst for the Ole Miss Spirit and he can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org