Nobody could handle Easley

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Dominique Easley announced that he would be a Florida Gator on Saturday and around that big announcement he made big plays. The four-star was too quick off the ball to be blocked and he walked away as the MVP.

"I just kept playing hard, being relentless, and not giving up," said Team Black MVP Dominique Easley after the 2010 Under Armour All-America game on Saturday.

Easley finished with four total tackles, three tackles for loss, two quarterback hurries, one sack, and a fumble recovery.

This was not a one-time thing either, he had been doing this in practice much of the week as well.

"I just kept coming off the ball really fast and that is what people tell me are one of best attributes. I did that, played hard, kept being relentless, and all that helped me make plays."

The 6-foot-1, 260 pound defensive lineman's play was not really a surprise, but him committing to Florida during the game was.

Most expected him to be an Oregon Duck on Saturday, but instead he is a Florida Gator.

"I have always wanted to go to Florida and the Gator commitments that were here all week are really what made my decision turn," revealed Easley. "I love the people that are going there, I love Florida's style of play, and I think I can fit right in there."

Although the four-star DL dominated the competition live on ESPN inside Tropicana Field on Saturday, the future Gator is not going to settle as a player.

"I want to get faster, stronger, and just progressing in everything so I can help Florida when I get there. I have been working hard all week and I am going to keep doing that to be the best I can be."

Many other Gator commitments were impressive in this game as well. Jonathan Dowling had two interceptions with one being returned for a touchdown, Demar Dorsey had a pick and a couple of big hits, and Joshua Shaw had an interception also.

One of those three really stood out to Easley all week.

"Dorsey was great at practice and in the game. He has a lot of speed, he talks it up, he is funny, and he really impressed me. Guys like that changed my decision this week."

Chad Simmons is the Recruiting Manager for the South Region and he can be reached at

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