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Three schools have emerged as favorites for Ezzard

Marquez Ezzard (Photo by: Chad Simmons)

Marquez Ezzard is a busy young man. He has coaches coming to see him almost daily right now, there have been coaching changes taking place all over the place and he is trying to take it all in, process it and figure out what school is the best fit for him.

The four-star wide receiver out of Stockbridge (Ga.) has made one decision and that is that he will not be signing in December like he once had planned.

"I just need more time," said Ezzard. "I do not want to rush things and I want to be 100-percent sure of my decision. I just don't know where I want to go yet, so I will finish out my senior year and sign in February."

The Rivals 250 playmaker took his first official visit to Oregon a couple of weeks ago and he loved it in Eugene. It was the longest flight he has been on, but it was worth the wait.

The Ducks have put themselves in contention.

"It was great up there and I got a lot of love from the coaches. I really relate to the coaches well and the staff there is just great. So much stood out to me when I was out there. It is different from out here in Georgia and it was great.

"I liked the academics, the players, the coaches and it was just a great experience. Oregon is a great school and I could definitely go there."

Running backs coach Donte Pimpleton is the lead recruiter for Ezzard and he is expected to be back to check on the four star talent this week.

The next time Ezzard hits the road will be this weekend and he will be a little closer to home this time. He will be in Oxford (Miss.).

The Rebels have been on his radar from the beginning and they have a special place in his heart.

"I love Ole Miss," said Ezzard. "They were the first school to offer me, so I have been looking at them since my freshman year. They have always stood out to me. I have a great relationship with all of the coaches there and I really like the head coach Matt Luke.

"I have strong relationships with coach Luke, Maurice Harris (tight ends) and Jacob Peeler (wide receivers). All of them are great guys and I like them a lot.

"I just want to hang out with the coaches and players during the visit. I have been there three or four times, so I know a lot about the school. I know I like them a lot."

Ole Miss could be recruiting Ezzard harder than anyone right now. The Rebels are tight with numbers in this class, but the star out of Georgia is high on their board.

Another school that has turned it up is Miami. The Hurricanes just played for the ACC Championship in year two under Mark Richt and the Hurricanes are on his radar.

"I will be taking an official visit to Miami. I have not been down there yet and I do not know too much about the school yet, but I have been talking a lot with coach [Ron] Dugans (wide receivers) and I like him.

"I know they have some history and I have watched them play this year. They will play freshmen, they get the ball to their receivers and I want to check them out. I just need to see how I fit in when I am on campus."

There is not a leader for Ezzard at this time, but there is a top three. The official visits will be key and the relationships he is developing with the coaches will play a role too.

He has not shut the door to other schools and he is keeping his eyes and ears open, but the three schools he talked about definitely have his attention.

"Oregon, Miami and Ole Miss are mainly the schools for me right now," said Ezzard. "I will see if any other schools start to recruit hard like those are, and if they do, I may look at them too.

"I am going to take my time and just fit the school that fits me. I will go to the school I feel is the best fit for me."