COLLEGE PARK — The first thing that sticks out about Daniel Ezeagwu? Probably his hair, a flat top of sorts with the top dyed yellow.
“He’s got nice hair,” Maryland safety Anthony Nixon joked.
But Ezeagwu’s play has been sticking out as well.
The freshman is part of a group competing for Maryland’s fourth and fifth cornerback jobs, and he has been getting singled out for his play by both teammates and coach Randy Edsall during the last week.
Edsall was asked earlier in the week which players stood out to him during the Terrapins’ scrimmage Saturday. Ezeagwu was the first he brought up.
“I thought Daniel played pretty well,” Edsall said. “I’ve been impressed with him. The interesting thing is when you go and watch the tape and you’re just sitting there and watching, all of a sudden there is a guy or two that jumps out at you, and he was a guy that jumped out. That was a guy that we wanted to take a look at. I thought he played pretty well.”
Ezeagwu has not worked much with the first-team defense during preseason practice, but Edsall gave him an opportunity to play with the first-team group during the scrimmage with starting cornerback Alvin Hill not playing.
“He didn’t know that he was starting … but I think he did a pretty good job, a solid job playing against the No. 1 offense as a true freshman,” safety Sean Davis said. “Once he learns the defense pretty well, he’s going to be a crazy player.”
Ezeagwu did not have any interceptions during the scrimmage, but he did have at least one pass breakup.
“Just the way that he played [was impressive], going out there and executing, “Edsall said. “Sometimes freshmen at that spot, they might not play as aggressive, but I thought he tackled well and he ran to the ball and executed the assignments. He’s young and still perfecting the techniques, but he’s doing the things that we’re asking him to do.”
Ezeagwu was ranked as just a two-star recruit by Rivals coming out of Colonial Forge High School in Stafford, Va., but he has great size for a cornerback at 6-foot, 205 pounds, and you can see the type of athleticism he has if you check out his high school high school highlight tape.
“He’s strong,” Nixon said. “[He’s] tall. … He’s going to be a good corner for us. I see him starting for a long time at Maryland.”