He’s probably the best player in the state that people don’t know about, but that’s about to change. Jack Ezell (6-4 215 LB/FB Jr.) out of Pendelton is a kid with a non stop motor that sticks out on the football field. He is very similar to Oregon St Bound 5A Defensive Player of The Year Joel Skotte (6-3 225 LB/FB) of Mt View.
Ezell was the Columbia River Conference Defensive Player of the Year in a season that saw him rack up 67 total tackles, 5 sacks, and 6 tackles for loss. He has played Varsity football since his freshman season and continues to look like a man amongst boys. Ezell is a kid that will need to get outside the area and compete against some of the top competition this spring.
Jack says ” we have a really talented group coming back and we have played together since youth ball and rarely lost”. Ezell is a wrestler but his focus remains on earning a football scholarship, ” I got started playing in the 2nd grade so it helped me to get experience early, I definitely want to pursue the highest level of college football that I can”.
Pendleton returns some talented kids after an (8-4) season and should be heavy favorites to win the Conference Title. Tyler Bigot (6-5 255 OL/DL Jr) returns after a 1st team all league season where he had his way with most opponents. He has legit size and should be considered one of the better lineman in the state.
1st Team all league QB Connor Johnson (5-10 160 Jr) is an outstanding overall athlete, and they will get a big boost with the return of running back Jacob Rickman (6-2 200 Jr) who returns after a missed season due to a broken back. Rickman set the school record for Tds and Yards in a game as a sophomore before the injury. You could also see a big year out of Rashaan Foreman (5-10 165 Jr) from his corner position.
Ezell feels like the pieces are in place for the Buckaroos to make a run in 2012, ” Everyone’s coming back and we are ready to work”, Ezell said. We will look for Jack on the NEI/Barton Tour during the Spring and Summer as he will be looking to solidify himself against the Northwest’s top competition. This is a kid that we will be letting all Pac 12 and Big Sky Schools know about in the coming months along with many other top universities. Look for Ezell and the Buckaroos to be a potential top 10 team at the 5a level come next season. It will be an exciting year in Eastern Oregon.
http://www.hudl.com/athlete/225152/jack-ezell Jack Ezell Highlights
http://www.hudl.com/athlete/225187/ Tyler Bigot Highlights