He's Popeye the Slayer Man

Dominique Easley is an absolute menace to opposing offenses. At 6-3, and 255 pounds, Easley uses his size, strength and quickness to destroy his opponent and have his way on the football field. As a junior he accounted for 51 tackles, 10 sacks, and two fumble recoveries for touchdowns. College teams have taken notice and the national champs have come calling for the man they call "Popeye".

Staten Island (NY) Curtis HS defensive lineman Dominique Easley's nickname is Popeye. As he puts it, "I was real bow-legged when I was younger and now because I am so strong they have always called me Popeye."

Popeye the slayer man seems more appropriate with what he does on the football field on Friday nights. His two favorite players are also monsters of the midway themselves as he has always loved watching Lawrence Taylor and Julius Peppers do their thing. Popeye scares his opponents much the same way.

The Florida Gators love the way he plays the game with his reckless abandon style. It's something that has gotten them to two national championships in three years and favored to win a third in 2009. Easley visited Florida last month and is anticipating getting some good news from the Gators.

"They didn't send an offer yet," he said. "They told me when I visited up there they were going to offer.

"The visit was real good. Everything stood out...the facilities, practice, everything. I would say the practice was real exciting and intense. Coach McCarney teaches the fundamentals very well and makes his guys work hard."

The Gators like Easley's size and the fact he could possibly play both strong side end and at a defensive tackle spot.

"They want me either at the five-technique or defensive tackle," he said. "It doesn't matter to me, I just want to play with my hand down on the line. A couple of schools like me as a stand up end."

He doesn't have a top list of schools just yet, but he does know that Florida is on his mind and is planning a summer trip to Gainesville with his family to find out more about the Gators.

"I am planning on coming back to Florida in June for camp," he said. "I will bring my parents with me."

His Curtis High School team practices in the spring but they aren't allowed to go in pads. Easley is ready for the 2009 season and with his health, he expects a much better ending than last season.

"I think we are going all the way this season," he said. "We lost in the first round of the playoffs last year, but I was injured in the last two games and didn't play at the end of the year."

He also has a word of warning for the teams they play this year. The offense isn't the only one that is going to have to sweat out Easley and where he is on the field. He is looking forward to scaring pansy linebackers and safeties as he roams the secondary on offense in 2009.

"I will play some tight end on offense this year," he said with a grin you could see through the telephone. "I am looking forward to it."

The opposition isn't.

Stay tuned as Scout.com follows the recruitment of Dominique Easley throughout the process.

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