By many scouts, coaches and recruiting experts, Stockbridge’s (Ga.) Marquez Ezzard has been thought of as a cornerback. That’s not where he sees himself.
Ezzard was formidable in the secondary, but he shone brightest on offense. Last season, he had 36 catches for 746 yards and nine touchdowns, as many of those yards came after the catch.
As a result, Ezzard has garnered plenty of interest this spring. Last week, Virginia Tech became the latest to get involved with an offer, bringing his total to nine. Ole Miss, Auburn, Kentucky, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, West Virginia and WKU have also offered. At this point, Ezzard has visits on the way, but he’s also taking in all the college attention he’s received.
“As of now, as far as academics, I want a school that has my major,” Ezzard said. “I’m not sure what I wanna major in, but I have ideas. I’ve got some time to think about it. But with football, I wanna go to a school that throws the ball, has a good program and stuff like that.”
The Hokies, along with most of the interested schools Ezzard has, like him as a wide receiver.
“It means a lot to me, to know they’re interested in me,” he said. “I don’t really know too much yet, though.”
Ezzard said he’s been in regular contact of late with assistant coach Zohn Burden. And Ezzard has enough interest that he plans to see Virginia Tech next month with a teammate.
“(Burden) wants me to come up there on campus on June 18, with my one of my running backs, Jaylen Hines,” Ezzard said. “He told me to come up with him. I’m gonna just be looking around and stuff. They’re gonna talk to me and stuff and I’m gonna see what I like about the school and stuff like that.”
On June 3, Ezzard plans to visit Ole Miss. He’s already visited once and the Rebels have been one of the schools that have resonated most with him so far.
“As of now, they are standing out,” Ezzard said. “When I went on campus, they were showing love. I just liked that. Just the way they were talking to me. It seemed like they really wanted me to come to their school.”
This spring, Ezzard made a few visits. He went to junior days at Tennessee, Ole Miss, Auburn and Alabama and to Georgia for a spring practice.
“I saw a lot of things that I like,” Ezzard said. “The people that were out there, they were talking to me about coming there and stuff.”
Ezzard said he’s also mostly been reassured that receiver will be his primary position at the next level.
“I played safety, too, but I can play corner,” he said. “When I go to college, I’m looking forward to playing receiver. That’s what pretty much everybody recruits me as. I think I’m better at receiver. I like catching passes and running routes. At DB, I just do it, to do it. I don’t like it as much as receiver.”
Ezzard said he’s given no thought to making any cuts to his list or a decision. But as determined as he is on the field, he said he has plenty more to work on.
“Right now, my coach has me working at blocking,” Ezzard said. “I already know how to run routes and catch the ball. He wants me to do small stuff now. That and going hard every play, instead of taking plays off.”