Cornerback or wide receiver, either way you want to look at him, Stockbridge (GA) HS '18 propsect Marquez Ezzard is highly talented. The 6-1 158-pound prospect already has a handful of impressive power-five conference offers and said his latest one from the University of Wisconsin is no exception.
“It feels great,” Ezzard told BadgerNation. “I was surprised by the offer, I was just watching TV on my couch and I get the call. It's one of those moments you never forget. My dad was super happy and he loves Wisconsin.”
Projecting Ezzard’s position depends on the conversation. He’s been viewed by scouts and recruiting experts as a cornerback or a safety, but he finishes last season with 36 catches for 746 yards and nine touchdowns, doing a lot of damage after the catch.
Wanting to develop as a receiver in college, Ezzard sees Wisconsin’s environment as one where he could grow.
“Wisconsin is one school that has an abundance of top N.F.L. players,” Ezzard said. “They have a stellar program and reputation for making players at the next level. That's big for me because my dream is to be a draft pick, and I'm going to find the school that can do that for me. Ole Miss, Wisconsin and Auburn probably produce most N.F.L. players out of all my offers so far."
In addition to those three schools, Ezzard claims offers from Kentucky, Mississippi State, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and Western Kentucky. While he has no top schools, Ezzard said Ole Miss is likely recruiting him the hardest. He’s already visited Oxford once and will head back this weekend.
“Honestly Ole Miss is the school that I have the best relationship with,” he said. “That doesn't mean a lot now because I haven't taken any visits yet and it's still very early in my recruitment, but they have always been real positive and they expect a lot of their players.”
Although Ezzard hasn't had any contact with Wisconsin staff, he hopes to visit Madison this summer and get a chance to better know the staff.
“I've heard great things about Wisconsin and they'll be the school that I'll probably talk to next,” Ezzard said. “I've seen photos of the campus, and it looks amazing. Camp Randall is an incredible stadium. I can't wait to see it in real life this summer and hopefully get a great feel of the coaching staff."
“Wisconsin will definitely be on the list for visits. I already have a good feeling about Wisconsin, and I think they'll be in my recruitment until the end."