Irish After Easterly

Cass Tech high school in Detroit, Mich. has produced a number of elite football players over the years, including current five-star defensive tackle William Campbell. 2010 prospect Daniel Easterly will be another in a long line of Cass Tech graduates to sign a Division I scholarship next February. Will the Irish be in the hunt for Easterly?

6-foot-4, 195-pound Daniel Easterly is a name Irish fans should get familiar with for 2010. With his tall frame, Easterly could play a number of positions for a team in college and currently plays safety, wide receiver, corner, linebacker and defensive end for his high school team.

"Most teams are recruiting me for safety or as an athlete," Easterly said. "I had 78 tackles, 58 solos, 15 batted balls, 2 interceptions, 4 forced fumbles and 2 fumble recoveries last year."

A number of teams have been hot on the trail for Easterly recently with a number of the nation's best stopping by Cass Tech over the past few weeks.

"Alabama, Michigan, Florida, Miami, Oregon, Michigan State, Hawaii, Notre Dame, there's been a lot of schools that have stopped by. They all say they like me. Most say that I should get an offer soon."

One school that has recently been on Easterly's mind is Notre Dame. Irish defensive coordinator Corwin Brown recently stopped by to see Easterly, and the junior prospect followed up that visit with a trip to Notre Dame this past weekend for junior day.

"Yeah, I really liked it there," Easterly said of Notre Dame. "I really like coach Brown. He's a good guy. He pulled me up stairs to talk to coach Weis. That was really cool. They both just told me that they really liked me and would be recruiting me. I liked what I saw there. Coach Brown said he really wants me there. I'm hoping they offer me."

The Cass Tech star also said he liked the environment at Notre Dame.

"It's a real nice school," he said. "I really liked the social environment, and the academics, that's what I'm looking for. It was real comfortable. I felt like I fit in real well there."

The Notre Dame visit was one of many to come for Easterly as he starts to narrow down his list of schools. "I plan on going to a whole bunch of junior days and camps, as many as possible," he said. "I'm going to Ohio State, Florida and Alabama when they have their junior days sometime in February. I'll go to Michigan and Michigan State in a couple of weeks. Wisconsin just e-mailed me and I'll try to make their junior day."

Living in Michigan, Easterly says he grew up cheering for one school, but that allegiance doesn't mean much going forward.

"I grew up cheering for Michigan as a little, but different now," he said. "I've got to look out for what's best for me. It really is different. I like a lot of schools. I'm going to try to take all my official visits if I can. I went down to the junior Army Combine, and I'd really like to play in the Army All-American Bowl if I can. I'll probably take my time before deciding. I want to check out a lot of schools."

Does Easterly have some top schools right now?

"Yeah, Alabama, Notre Dame, Florida, Michigan, Michigan State, Oregon, Hawaii, LSU and Louisville right now," he said. Top Stories