Norview (Norfolk, Va.) High’s Derrick Eason is one of the hottest defensive line recruits in Virginia this spring, grabbing college coaches’ attention during the current evaluation period. The 6-foot-4, 240-pound edge rusher has added a half-dozen offers in less than a week, giving him 16 total.
Maryland, Syracuse, Rutgers, Va Tech, NC State and Navy were Eason’s most recent looks, joining Temple; ODU; Buffalo; Charlotte; Marshall; UMass; and several others.
“This is all very shocking to me. It’s hard to process,” Eason said. “But when I think about it, I’d say the offers from NC State, Va Tech and Maryland jump out to me some. And there are specific things I like about each of those schools.”
Eason proceeded to explain exactly what those “things” were.
NC State: With NC State, I have family near there and I go down there a good amount to see them. They also have a good defensive line coach and do a good job developing their guys.
Virginia Tech: I like Tech because it has a really good defensive program, and it has a good engineering school too. I actually haven’t been there before, even though it’s sort of my hometown school. But I’ve heard great things and I’m going to be getting up there soon.
Maryland: I like the Terps a lot, actually. I made an unofficial visit there in March, and they had a lot of things that really can help you succeed in life -- not just with football, but as far as their curriculum and education. Also, I like the football program and where it’s going too.
With the Terps, Eason received the offer May 10 from area recruiter Chris Beatty. Beatty stopped by Norview earlier in May, and then let the school’s coach know the UMD staff had approved an offer for the defensive end Eason.
“Coach Beatty just started talking to me recently, and he seems like a good guy. He was down here for a practice,” Eason said. “Our relationship is kind of just starting; we’re building it up. I also have talked to the defensive line coach, [Jimmy] Brumbaugh, some too, but not as much as Coach Beatty. I’m just getting to know those guys.”
Eason had a chance to meet Beatty, Brumbaugh and many other Maryland staffers during the aforementioned March campus visit. He didn’t take in a spring practice, but he thoroughly enjoyed his initial look at College Park, Md.
“I got to tour around and see the campus. I liked it and I thought it was a cool place and a good area,” Eason said. “And the coaches make it a very positive place, and they set you up to succeed on and off the field. That’s what jumped out to me when I visited Maryland.”
Coming up, Eason wants to see NC State, Temple and probably ECU. He said he could “possibly” make it to Rutgers and Syracuse, but is unsure he’ll be able to due to distance concerns. Eason has previously trekked through NC State, ECU, UNC, Duke, ODU and Charlotte.
The Norfolk resident, who grew up in Georgia, went on to say he’s in touch with coaches from ECU and Charlotte the most right now. But that figures to change as his new offerees begin establishing a rapport.
“Right now, no leaders for me. I’m going through the process and seeing who comes in,” said Eason, who believes Wake and UCF will offer next. “I don’t really have a dream school either, but it would be nice to get some SEC schools or places like FSU. But we’ll see.”
Eason said he’d like to go through his senior season and take official visits before committing. But he allowed that could change depending on how his summer trips go.