Gould’s grades: Film review, scouting report on Miami Hurricanes freshman WR Marquez Ezzard

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Ten of Miami’s recruits for 2018 enrolled in January and participated in spring drills in March. At that time, Post contributor Daniel Gould offered a scouting report for each player, plus a grade, a projection and other interesting tidbits.

With another wave of 2018 freshmen on the way — summer classes start May 21 — here’s a look at the rest of the class.

Gould is a Dallas-based data analyst who has been charting UM games for four years and reviewing signing classes for the last six. His evaluations are mostly based on reviews of high school highlight films, which are readily available on sites like Hudl and YouTube. He grades players on a 10-to-5 scale, rating their current skills and projecting their potential:

10: five-star caliber now, eventual All-American and immediate impact player.
9: upper-tier four-star, All-ACC caliber.
8: mid-tier four-star, impactful multi-year starter without as high a ceiling.
7: lower four-star, solid starter but not someone to build around.
6: high three-star, a role player with physical limitations that prevent a full-time starting job.
5: mid-tier three-star, likely a project or a special-teamer.
Below 5: Not a scholarship-level player at Miami.

(See below for links to previous profiles.)

Next up: Marquez Ezzard, who will “claw your face off” according to his recruiter, Miami receivers coach Ron Dugans, and plays like a “heavyweight boxer” according to coach Mark Richt.

MARQUEZ EZZARD

Ezzard

Gould’s grade: 7

Scouting report: “Good height at 6-2 and a well-built 215. Not a blazer but enough speed. Quick in small areas. Tough runner and difficult to tackle in space. Great blocker who puts in a ton of effort. Great hands and isn’t afraid to go up and catch the ball knowing he is going to get hit. Shows a great understanding of body positioning on jump balls. Played in a simple offense with not much exposure to a complicated route tree. Over a thousand yards receiving each of the last two seasons with a combined 25 touchdowns. Former Florida State commit who signed with Miami over Mississippi. Can line up anywhere on the field but will likely be more productive inside on shallow routes with yards-after-catch potential. Will be maximized by a quarterback that isn’t afraid to target him when covered and throw him open.”

More Ezzard

Ezzard was plenty productive in high school
‘He plays like a heavyweight boxer’
Expectations high for this class

More Gould’s Grades

Early enrolleesQB Williams | RB Lingard | WR Hightower | WR Wiggins | OL Scaife | OL Campbell | DE Rousseau | DB Frierson | CB Ivey | S HallSummer arrivals: RB Davis | FB George | WR Pope | WR Ezzard | TE Jordan | TE Mallory | OL Reed | DT Silvera | DT Miller | LB Joyner | CB Blades | CB Bethel | 2017 signing class

 

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