Easley Waiting on an Offer

Mike Easley made the trip from Stratford, Conn., to Storrs recently to take part in camp activities at Connecticut and was hoping to return with a scholarship offer, however the athlete did not get his wish. The Huskies remain the favorite for the local product however and he spoke to us about his camp experience and current recruiting picture.

Mike Easley did it all for Bunnell High School last season, recording over 1000 yards at wide receiver and adding seven touchdown catches in the process. The 6-foot-2, 192-pound athlete also scored twice on defense and intercepted six passes from his safety position. Easley made the trip to Connecticut last week to show the Husky coaching staff that he is worthy of a scholarship and from the sound of things, he did help himself while on campus.

"I thought I did really well up there as I had a couple picks during the one-on-one drills and also broke up a lot of passes," Easley stated. "I also had a pretty good workout and showed my speed and explosion. Coach (Scott) Lakatos said that my coverage skills looked pretty good, but he wanted me to continue working on the drills they taught us at camp because I had never done them before. He didn't tell me where I stood in terms of an offer, but he is my recruiting coordinator as well, so before I left he told me that the next time we spoke it would be about where I stood in their opinion. He did ask me if I would be alright with playing safety for them and I told him that I preferred that by far over playing wide receiver."

"I definitely enjoyed myself while I was up there and the level of competition was really high which is something I wasn't used to," Easley explained. "At this point I have been on campus three or four times, so I am very comfortable with everything and know exactly where I am going at Storrs. It is just a very big campus and they have been building a lot of new things there. I also like that there is some diversity in the kind of people that are on campus and that everyone there is always so nice. The facilities are obviously a huge selling point as well."

Easley has named Connecticut his favorite previously when speaking with us and we asked the athlete straight out whether or not he would commit if offered by the Huskies.

"If they offered it would be really early for me to decide given that the season has not even started, but I would probably commit as Connecticut is like a second home to me with my brother being there added to how much I like the program and coaching staff."

Easley also attended camp at Temple earlier this month and has plans in the work to camp at New Hampshire later this month who took notice of him while camping at Connecticut. Delaware and Syracuse are the two other programs showing him the most interest at this point.

"Temple camp went pretty well and I thought I did well there," Easley said. "The level of competition was really good there too as they had more kids from down south and the coaching staff said they were very happy that I came down there to camp. I thought they had a nice camp and definitely like the school."

While Easley has yet to secure his first written scholarship offer you would have to think a player who was named first-team All-State at safety and first-team All-Conference at wide receiver last season will eventually end up with some opportunities to play at the Division I level. Whether that opportunity will present itself at Connecticut however remains to be seen.

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