Florida State recruiting: Loss of 4-star ATH Marquez Ezzard big blow

Florida State’s 2018 recruiting class took a major hit Saturday morning when 4-star Stockbridge (Ga.) athlete Marquez Ezzard de-committed from the Seminoles.

The 6-foot-1 1/2, 213-pound standout, had been committed to the Seminoles since July. He rates as the nation’s No. 11 athlete and the No. 268 player overall in the 2018 cycle.

Florida State recruited him to play receiver, and that position represents one of the Seminoles’ biggest needs.

Florida State’s receiver class now has two pledges left, 3-star in-state pass catchers D’Marcus Adams and Antoine Green.

As detailed by Darius Goodman of The Henry Herald, Ezzard had a monster night in his team’s first-round playoff victory over McIntosh, accounting for 265 yards receiving and 4 touchdowns in the victory. His touchdowns were all on explosive plays that covered 75, 30, 81 and 54 yards.

With Ezzard’s size and ability to create plays in space, he’s the type of prospect that Florida State needed to hold on to considering the team’s depth and outlook at receiver.

As detailed by Chad Simmons of Rivals, the only other school that Ezzard has visited during the fall is Alabama. However, Ezzard plans to be an early enrollee and schools such as Florida, Oregon and USC are among the suitors he plans to look into now.

Given the Seminoles’ lack of depth at receiver, coach Jimbo Fisher and his staff could take up to four or five receivers in this class.

Some targets to watch moving forward include 4-star Nebraska commit Joshua Moore, 4-star Jaylen Waddle, 4-star Oregon pledge Warren Thompson, 4-star Tommy Bush and 3-star Jeshaun Jones.

Of that group, Waddle and Moore seem to be the most realistic options at this stage.

However, the board could expand in the wake of Ezzard bowing out of the class.

Regardless, the receiver position is one that fans and coaches alike will need to pay close attention to over the final weeks and months before the end of the 2018 cycle.

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