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BREAKING: 4-Star OL Marques Easley Commits To Kirby Smart, UGA Football

July 7, 2023
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ATHENS - Stacy Searles and the Georgia Bulldogs add another BIG piece to the “Great Wall of Georgia”.

This time, it’s 4-star Marques Easley‍ who jumps on board.

The big 6-foot-5 345-pounder out of Kankakee (IL) did not include Kirby Smart and the Bulldogs in his “Final 3” back on June 19th, but sources told Dawg Post not to look into that. Easley has been high on Georgia for a long, long time. Now, he’s on the commit list.

The giant offensive tackle chose Georgia over Alabama, Tennessee, and Oklahoma.

He becomes Georgia’s 6th offensive line commitment and the 4th lineman to jump on board since June 30th. He also becomes Georgia’s 26th overall commitment in the 2024 class.

When asked why he picked Georgia, Easley kept his answer short and simple.

“UGA just feels special. There’s just a vibe and a history there.”



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What is UGA Football getting in Easley?

They’re getting a tough, physical, athletic tackle with a massive frame.

It’s hard to move effectively when you’re over 340-pounds, but that’s not the case with Easley. This is a guy who can really run for his size, and when he pulls in the run game, he becomes a freight train looking to put defenders on the ground. He’s an excellent athlete for his size and loves to open up running holes between the tackles.

Stacy Searels and the Bulldogs love to bring in size, but if you can’t move, you won’t be playing much. Easley holds his weight really well, and once he gets into Georgia’s strength and conditioning program, he’ll continue to trim down while adding more muscle mass. 

As a lineman, he’s an excellent run blocker, but as always, he’ll have to continue to develop as a pass-protector. He can pass-block well at the high school level due to his length, strength, and overall size, but he’ll have to keep working hard in that area of his game if he wants to hold down elite pass-rushers in the SEC. Fortunately, Easley won’t be asked to step in and play early on. He’ll likely get some experience in early blowouts, but he has a chance to turn into an impact player and a possible starter in year two or three if he develops the right way.

He’s massive, he’s physical, and he can really move. It’s easy to see why he was always a major target for Stacy Searles and the offensive staff.

 

Coach’s Corner with Kankakee (IL) head coach Miles Osei...

“Marques Easley is special because of his size, but what separates him from others I have seen is his ability to move at his frame and his willingness to learn. He is consistently the first person to ask legitimate questions and then take hard coaching for his betterment. He has done a great job responding to adversity during competition. You can tell him one technical coaching point and he will immediately put it to action. Marques already knows our playbook, including our passing game which speaks volumes to the type of kid he is. Large heart who wants his teammates to learn and grow with him.”

 

Easley is ranked as the No. 18 OT prospect, the No. 5 prospect in Illinois, and the No. 242 overall prospect in the country.

 



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