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HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Ezeagwu’s game (and name) task opponents
Colonial Forge senior football player Daniel Ezeagwu has heard his name mispronounced so many times it actually surprises him to hear it said the right way.
“I’m kind of shocked when I go to some schools and the announcer actually gets it right,” he said with a smile.
While still a struggle for some fans and road PA announcers, Ezeagwu’s name—pronounced Eee–ZAH–Goo—is becoming more familiar to college recruiters.
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Ezeagwu recently received his first Division I scholarship from JMU and is expecting to get more offers in the near future.
He has received interest from Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Old Dominion as well as Football Championship Subdivision schools Towson and Lafayette.
It’s easy to see why. Ezeagwu is big, fast and physical—traits that Division I schools covet.
“It’s kind of baffled me that he hasn’t had many more offers because of all those things, plus he’s an excellent student. He’s got great grades,” Colonial Forge coach Bill Brown said.
Ezeagwu put all his skills on display during the Eagles’ 12–0 road win over North Stafford on Friday.
He matched up with the Wolverines’ fleet-footed receivers, recovered two fumbles and scored two long touchdowns on a 72-yard fumble return and a 40-yard reception. For his performance, Ezeagwu was named The Free Lance–Star’s football player of the week.
Brown and his coaching staff may have helped Ezeagwu draw more college interest by moving him to cornerback in the offseason. He played safety last year and has played wide receiver the last few seasons.
Playing cornerback, and playing the position well, will only add to his recruiting portfolio. He said he gets a rush from lining up across the line from a wide receiver.
“I think it’s exciting. You have two good athletes going one on one to see who’s the better athlete,” said Ezeagwu, who also lines up some at running back. “I love that. It’s fun to see who’s better. That’s what the game’s all about.”
Wherever Ezeagwu plays, he has a knack for the end zone. He has scored eight touchdowns this season—four receiving, three rushing and one on a fumble return.
And he has played much of the season banged up with an assortment of nicks and bruises.
“He had a couple of different types of things that slowed him down,” Brown said. “He played with pain, maybe not 100 percent where he felt like he wanted to fly around the field to make plays, but I felt like Friday he was back to himself.”
Ezeagwu’s twin brother David is also a standout on the football team. Both are captains and are excelling despite being thousands of miles away from their parents, who live in Africa.
The brothers moved with their aunt and uncle from Arizona to Stafford County during the fall of 2011.
“They’ve both been great additions for us,” Brown said. “I’m sure it’s tough for both of those kids to be away from their mom and dad. David is not only a captain, but he’s a spiritual leader for us. Daniel’s not as vocal, but he leads with his play and hard work at practice.”
POW honorable mentions: Gordon Collins (Mountain View RB) 130 rushing yards, two TDs, 81-yard KO ret TD; A.J. Forbes (Massaponax QB) 146 rushing yards, two TDs; Rasharrd Harris (Caroline QB) 428 passing yards, thre TDs; Keyshawn Johnson (Caroline WR) 176 receiving yards, two TDs; Kendrick Kube (Eastern View RB) 211 rushing yards, three TDs; Javonte Latney (Massaponax RB) 226 rushing yards, two TDs; Von Purvis (North Stafford RB) 158 rushing yards; Jacob Settle (Eastern View WR) 101 receiving yards, three TDs; Josh Stallings (Eastern View QB) 207 passing yards, three TDs.
Nathan Warters: 540/374-5442
The Free Lance–Star’s high school football player of the week, as selected by our sports staff:
Week 1: A.J. Forbes, Massaponax RB
Week 2: Kendrick Kube, Eastern View RB
Week 3: Von Purvis, North Stafford RB
Week 4: Jae’won Horton, North Stafford DE
Week 5: Jamal Jones, Chancellor RB
Week 6: Chad Boxley, Caroline RB
Week 7: Daniel Ezeagwu, Colonial Forge DB/WR