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NCAA denies third immediate-eligibility waiver for transfer to Georgia Tech this month

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It hasn’t been a good month waiver-wise for the Georgia Tech football program.

As we noted Tuesday, the NCAA has already denied immediate-eligibility waivers being sought for Antonneous Clayton and Myles Sims, who transferred to Tech from Florida and Michigan, respectively, this offseason.  That same day, Marquez Ezzard took to Twitter to reveal that “[t]he NCAA has decided to not grant my waiver to play at Georgia Tech this season, and I will have to sit out.”

The wide receiver opted to transfer from Miami in January of this year, ultimately landing at Tech the following month.

With the decision, Ezzard will still have three years of eligibility he can use beginning with the 2020 season.

Ezzard was a four-star 2018 signee who played in three games as a true freshman, catching two passes for 24 yards during his brief stint with the Hurricanes.

Georgia Tech could be landing spot for erstwhile Georgia LB Brenton Cox

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Brenton Cox may be leaving the University of Georgia, but he may not be leaving the Peach State.

Depending on the report, Cox mutually parted ways with/was dismissed by Georgia over the weekend.  Either way, the once highly-touted linebacker’s name is now listed in the NCAA transfer database.

As for a potential landing spot?  According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, “[d]on’t be surprised if… Cox ends up at Georgia Tech.” From the Journal Constitution‘s report:

At least one member of that team already has communicated with the Georgia outside linebacker, who was conspicuously missing from the Bulldogs’ practice Monday and reportedly is seeking a transfer.

Almost as soon as the news broke around lunchtime Monday, his close friend Marquez Ezzard sent out a tweet either indicating that Cox had reached out to him or encouraging Cox to call him. Ezzard was one of Cox’s teammates at Stockbridge High. He is a freshman receiver at Tech, where he transferred after a redshirt season at Miami.

Kelton Dawson, a sophomore defensive end at Tech, also was a teammate of Cox at Stockbridge.

At this time, it’s decidedly unclear whether Cox’s time with the Bulldogs has come to an end as neither the player nor the program have commented publicly on his status moving forward.

A five-star member of UGA’s 2018 recruiting class, Cox was rated as the No. 2 strongside defensive end in the country; the No. 5 player at any position in the state of Georgia; and the No. 23 recruit overall on 247Sports.com‘s composite board.  Only one defensive signee in the Bulldogs’ class that year, cornerback Tyson Campbell, was rated higher than Cox.

As a true freshman, Cox played in 13 games and was credited with 20 tackles.

In April of this year, Cox was arrested on marijuana possession charges, which were expected to lead to a one-game suspension according to mandated university policy.

Four-star 2018 WR Marquez Ezzard leaves Miami

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As Miami continues to collect players with steep FBS experience, they’ve also lost a touted member of last year’s recruiting class.

In a press release sent out late Wednesday morning, Miami announced that Marquez Ezzard has decided to leave Manny Diaz‘s football program.  No specific reason for the unexpected departure was given.

That said, the speculation is that a pair of wideout developments — Jeff Thomas did an about-face and returned to Miami after signing with Illinois, Buffalo grad transfer K.J. Osborn was added earlier this month — played a significant role in the decision.

“Marquez and I talked, and we decided that it was in his best interests to pursue opportunities at another school,” the first-year head coach said in a statement. “We wish him all the best in his future plans.”

Ezzard was a four-star 2018 signee who played in three games as a true freshman, catching two passes for 24 yards.