Almost one year ago to date, Marquez Ezzard was holding court in the Stockbridge High School gym, getting ready to share with the football recruiting world what many seemed to speculate.
He walked up to the table, donned a charcoal gray hat with the traditional “U” symbol that pointed toward Miami, and as if to leave no doubt, as he posed for pictures, he gestured his hands in like manner to let folks know he was sold on what Mark Richt was building with Miami Hurricanes football.
But now, according to a message Ezzard posted on his Twitter page Saturday, he’ll be coming back home to play for Georgia Tech and new head coach, Geoff Collins.
“The University of Miami and the opportunities it has given me will always hold a special place in my life,” Ezzard wrote on Twitter. “Life in the trenches with my brothers is one thing I’ll never forget. However, I’m thankful to my new coaches for also seeing my potential. Now it’s time to create new bonds at Georgia Tech.”
Ezzard was a 4-star wide receiver prospect coming out of Stockbridge, and despite being in a wing-t offense throughout high school, the 6-foot-2, 210 pound wideout did enough to draw the attention of some of college football’s biggest brands.
Ezzard Miami over the likes of Georgia, Alabama, USC, Florida State and Ohio State among many others. And although he did register stats for Miami during his freshman season — two catches for 24 yards — he didn’t play in enough games to warrant him burning a full freshman season.
Per ACC rules, however, Ezzard will have to sit out a year for coach Collins before jumping back into action. After that, he’ll have three seasons of NCAA eligibility remaining.
Ezzard starred as a senior at Stockbridge, catching 46 passes for 1,023 yards and 13 touchdown receptions. He’ll be an intriguing addition to Collins’ roster, as the Yellow Jackets will likely see some reinvention of their offense, away from the option style attack that was former coach Paul Johnson’s trademark during his time on the flats.
Collins told 92.9 FM The Game in a December interview that his offense at Tech would seek to be “multiple,” but also be sensitive to the team’s current personnel.
“Everything that we do is multiple,” Collins said in the 92.9 FM interview. “They’re running zone-read in the NFL now. They’re running RPOs in the NFL, so spreading the field when you need to, get athletes out in space. The players that we have, we will fit the scheme based on the talents we have on our roster. What your scheme is going to look like is going to be different based on the players that you have. “