Hawk's Take: Tyrone Ezell

Former Toledo Rocket wide receiver Andrew Hawkins grew up in a family full of Pitt fans and now he will help us analyze the Panthers class of 2009 recruits as the PantherDigest.com's new recruiting analyst.

Name: Tyrone Ezell

Rating: ****

Height: 6'4

Weight: 255

Hometown: Homestead, Pa.

High School: Steel Valley

Recruited By: Greg Gatusso


As a Junior Ezell totaled 122 tackles and 9 sacks and was a first team all-conference selection. His senior year he was an all-conference repeat and a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Fabulous 22 selection. Despite some injuries he was also selected to the Tribune-Review Terrific 25 and the Associated Press All-state first team as a senior.

Scouting Analysis:

Positives : Has great size and will easily add weight to his already freakishly muscular frame…Has a good get off…Has the ability to finish plays and plays till the whistle...above average strength and uses his hands very well to get off of blocks…Shows the ability to mix up his technique in the pass rush(i.e. bull rush, shoulder dip, spin move, etc)…Great run stopper and he diagnoses plays very well for a defensive lineman…He is very instinctive and plays with a mean streak…He is a good tackler and an aggressive hitter…His strength enables him to engage offensive lineman easily, which will help keep them off of his linebackers…Has a good burst when he is closing on run plays or rushing the QB.

Negatives: Has to work on his fluidity. He has the size, speed, and strength to be a great defensive lineman, but he will have to learn how to make it all work together…Comes off of the ball with a higher pad level than you would like, and at his height he will need to work playing lower…Although it's not bad, Tyrone has to work or his lateral quickness and hips to help his change of direction speed.

The Panthers version of… New York GiantsDE Justin Tuck

"What does it all mean Basil?" Tyrone has ability. I mean a lot of ability! He has the size and speed that defensive line drool over at the college level. A lot like Lippert, Ezell is equally as good at the pass rush as he is in stopping the run. The scariest thing is that Ezell is still learning how to become a great football player. I believe that once he gets in the system and learns the rope, he will be one of the best defensive linemen in the Big East Conference. . Don't be surprised if…Ezell has to learn on the fly, because this kid is ready to play now! By the time he arrives on Pitt's campus he will have the size and strength to play both defensive end and defensive tackle and I think he will play a significant role on the defensive line as a true freshman.

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