May 13, 2010

Maryland running back picks up Army offer

Maryland continues to be a feeding ground for college recruiters and Army has had recent success in pulling in talent from that region. Just looking at the current roster and even the 2010 recruiting class suggest that despite being in Navy's on back yard, Maryland is and will continue to be a target area for the Black Knights' coaching staff.

Starters such as Captain Stephan Anderson hail from the "Old Line State", as does slotback Patrick Mealy and kicker Matthew Campbell, along with 2010 running back commit, Brian Lucas.

Out of Walkersville (Md.) Walkersville High School comes running back Quentin Ezell who has been on the Army recruiting radar for quite some time.

If you were to describe some of the top attributes and qualities that make a running back an effective all-purpose back, a few of the characteristics might be quality balance, vision and speed, along with the ability to be effective off tackle or on the outside. Did I mention the talent to run inside and net the same results?

For Ezell, he has demonstrated many if not all of those qualities as a running back.

The talented back is receiving interest from several colleges, but yesterday pulled in his first college offer, as the Black Knights made it clear of their level of interest in Ezell's talents.


And yesterday, the 5-foot-11, 220 pound running back picked up his first offer as the Black Knight let Ezell know that he is a priority prospect for their 2011 recruiting class.

"It was nice to really get the first one under my belt," shares an excited Ezell. "Coach Brock gave me a call a week before he came to our school on Tuesday and hinted that I might be getting an offer.

Me and Jose (Depadua) were sitting down with Coach Brock and talking about and asking the questions one would ask about West Point. Then Coach Brock let both Jose and I know that he was extended offers to both of us. We were both very excited but also tried to be cool about it."

Will Ezell be visiting Army this summer? "I'm going to go down to visit, because if I'm going to accept it, I need to know what the school is about," declares the all-purpose back, who could see playing at the next level with Depadua.

"Jose and I haven't talked about playing there together, because our focus is on this season … we have a lot of stuff going on with this year's team. But it would be nice to play with one of your high school teammates because you normally get separated once you go off to college."

Although Ezell has been used primarily on offense, he has shown great versatility at the various running back positions. "Yes, I played mostly offense last year, but I played running back, tailback, fullback and double back with Jose (Depadua)," confirms Ezell, who runs a solid 4.5 forty and also shows versatility in the manner in which he runs the ball. "I hit the hole hard, I can run over people, but also run around people. I think I run the most like is Michael Turner of the Atlanta Falcons.

According to Ezell, he is also receiving interest from Boston College and Navy.

Along with being a force on the field, where last season he rushed for 1,000 yards, Ezell also excels in the class room and maintains a 3.7 GPA.

So, what is Ezell looking for in a college? "I want to go somewhere and actually play," states Ezell. "I don't want to be one of those guys that sit the bench for a year and not actually play. I want to go to school with great academics and campus

Ezell shared that he plans to major in business. will continue to follow Ezell's recruiting throughout.

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