June 30, 2008

Pennsylvania DT leaning toward Pitt

Homestead (Pa.) Steel Valley defensive end Tyrone Ezell had a bevy of scholarship offers from well-known institutions and has cut his list down to two schools: Ohio State and Pitt.

While narrowing it down may have been difficult, the last decision Ezell will have to make may be the toughest - whether to go to Ohio State, where the Buckeyes are nationally known and consistently a contender, or Pitt, where he can be closer to his family.

"Ohio State is an established program that is nationally known and they are always going to the national championship, and I like that," Ezell said. "I like that Pitt is really close and they are offering me good things and talked to me about if I were to get injured I would still have a scholarship and stuff."

When Ezell was asked if he was leaning toward one of the schools, he replied, "Right now, I would say Pitt."

Ezell said being near his family is very important to him and that will have a factor when choosing what school he will want to attend. While competing for a national title may be more likely at Ohio State, Ezell said he wasn't too concerned about it.

Other schools that have given Ezell an offer are Michigan, Georgia, Maryland, Virginia, Rutgers, Connecticut, and Colorado.

"I would like to (compete for a national title), but its not really a big deal to me," said Ezell, a three-star recruit. "Family is really important to me. I want them to be close so they can come to my games and watch me play and all that stuff."

Both Ezell and his mother took a trip to Pitt this weekend where he focused on visiting the campus rather than seeing the football facilities that he already is quite familiar with. Ezell saw the dorms, classrooms, and other non-football related buildings on campus, as well as getting a feel for the city while there.

In addition, the 6-foot-5, 255-pound defensive lineman and his mother sat down with Pitt head coach Dave Wannstedt and conversed with him about the things Pitt has to offer both athletically and educationally.

"(My relationship) with (Wannstedt) is pretty good. I got to meet him and stuff and he is a pretty cool guy," Ezell said. "My biggest goals when getting to college are playing good football, graduating and then going to the NFL."

Ezell previously admitted that wrestling has always been his favorite sport, but since football is taking him to the next level, he has been doing what he can to familiarize himself more with the game.

"Since the recruiting process began I have been playing more," Ezell said. "Since I have been recruited I know more about football as the days go on."

While Ohio State already has over 20 commitments for 2009, all of them with high potential, Ezell wasn't too thrilled with just being another commit.

"They already have like 24 people, so what is the point of really going?" Ezell said. "I look at it like I will probably be just another number, another person now."


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