UNC Making Move for Miami RB

Following the recipe that bred success during his days in Miami, Butch Davis is looking for a running back that best combines power, speed, and quickness. He just might have found that in Antwain Easterling, a 5-foot-11 185-pounder.

"As soon as Butch Davis became the head coach he sent a coach [Charlie Williams] down to talk to me and Easterling about recruiting him," said Miami (Fla.) Northwestern head coach Roland Smith. "[Williams] felt like after watching film and evaluating him, that he's the type of ‘back that Coach Butch Davis is looking for.

"Coach Davis has coached some great ‘backs when he was at the University of Miami. He's probably going to run the same type of offense when he coached Edgerrin James, Najeh Davenport, Willis McGahee, and Frank Gore. He feels that Antwain Easterling fits into that mold."

Smith agrees with that assessment.

"He's a big combo ‘back," said Smith. "He's the type of ‘back that plays with power, speed, and quickness. He has it all. He has quick feet like a small ‘back; he can run hard like a big ‘back; [and] he has great vision."

While UNC has yet to extend Easterling a scholarship offer, Smith feels it's only a matter of time.

"They haven't offered just yet, but I'm quite sure that they're thinking about bringing him up [and offering]," said Smith. "I know when I was talking to [Williams] he said he wanted to try to set up a visit with [Easterling] to try to come up there before the dead period. If they're going to bring him up on a visit, I'm quite sure they're going to offer him."

Smith believes UNC has scheduled an official visit with Easterling for the weekend of January 19th.

Back in December, Easterling took his first official visit to Rutgers.

According to Smith, Easterling isn't leaning in any direction, but he's definitely interested in North Carolina.

In addition to the Tar Heels and the Scarlet Knights, Easterling is interested in – and might officially visit – Florida and Nebraska.

Although UNC jumped into Easterling's recruitment relatively late, a familiar face should help make up for lost time.

"If I'm not mistaken Coach [John] Blake is up there, too," said Smith. "[Easterling] has a good relationship with Coach Blake from when he was recruiting him when he was at Nebraska. So that helps out as well, too."

A Scout.com four-star prospect, Easterling is the 15th ranked running back in the nation by Scout.com.

During his senior season, Easterling rushed for 2,831 yards and 33 touchdowns in just 15 games.

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