"It was a real nice trip," Easterly said. "I got to check out the game and the campus while I was down there. It's a great campus and a great game because they came away with a win. It was an unofficial visit but I'm going to go back for an official."
Easterly, 6'4, 197, wants to check out a few other options to make sure he made the right decision to commit Illinois.
Easterly is giving Louisville strong consideration and the Cardinals have something going for them that no other school has – a family connection.
"I've always wanted to come down to Louisville since I was young because I have family that lives in Louisville," Eatsterly said, noting that his grandfather and aunt live in Louisville. "They are a really good team so I wanted to go down and check them out because I have family there and I would be close to family. They also have a good school academic-wise. It gave me a chance to look at another possible school that would be in my top three. It was an excellent school and I enjoyed the experience going down there."
Easterly keeps in contact with Louisville assistant Antonio Goss, who coaches safeties for the Cards.
"I'd been talking to Coach Goss for a long time about coming down for a visit," Easterly said. "He sees me fitting in at safety and says I could come in and play and help the team. I can see myself helping the team at safety."
Easterly said the idea of playing in front of family members at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium is intriguing. "I would like to be close to family so they could come to my games," Easterly said.
Easterly said he's planning to make his official visits "at the end of the season." Louisville appears to be one of the official visits on his list. Syracuse, Oklahoma, and Florida were also mentioned as possible destinations.
"My main thing is academics," Easterly said. "I can play football anywhere but I've got to have the education first. I mainly looking for a computer engineering program. From what I saw Louisville had a really good academic program in that field. That's why I'm thinking I'll take that official visit down to Louisville."