A Professional Hitter

While some schools are recruiting Cass Tech safety Daniel Easterly as a wide receiver, Easterly doesn't mince words when he talks about playing defense, a position he loves to play and a position that Wisconsin is recruiting him at.

Big safeties with a hitter's mentality are sometimes hard to come by in college football. They often grow into linebackers or don't have the coverage skills needed to play safety. Daniel Easterly (Detroit, MI) definitely has a hitter's mentality.

"If hitting was a profession, I would be a professional hitter. That is my favorite part of the game. I can't express that enough," explained Easterly.

That style of play has led to interest from around the nation. Easterly said he had interest from, "Alabama, Florida, Michigan, Michigan State, Hawaii, and a few others. Also all the schools that I have offers from already, Toledo, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Illinois. Michigan is close to offering me, and also Michigan State and Ohio State are close to offering."

This 6-foot 5, 195 pound safety from Cass High School recorded 59 solo tackles, 15 assisted tackles, 2 INT, 15 pass breakups, 4 Forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries as a junior on a team that is loaded with division one talent.

Easterly compares his game to Taylor Mays of USC. While Easterly definitely has the size to match up with Mays, what about his speed? Easterly explained that speed was also not a problem. "My 40 time is a 4.49, you could round that to a 4.5 if you wanted. I ran that at school and at another camp."

With all of the attention, Easterly has reciprocated that interest with a list of top schools. "My top 4 are Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Toledo," Easterly said. "They are all schools that have offered me. Mainly, because I am interested in any schools that are interested in me. If you are interested in me, I'm interested in you and you are going to be in my top schools."

Easterly was then able to talk about his top 4 programs at the moment:

Illinois – "They have a great program. They have great facilities. I have been in contact with a couple of their players. The players and environment of the schools seems very nice and very cool. I think I would fit in there very nice."

Minnesota – "They are building a new stadium and all of that. Their facilities are nice also. They are a good academic school as well as Illinois, Wisconsin, and Toledo."

Wisconsin – "I've been looking them up on the computer, because I haven't been down to Wisconsin yet. I plan on going down there on my spring break (next week). I plan on going down to Wisconsin next week sometime. Talk to the coaches more and getting more one on one with the defensive backs coach and defensive coordinator."

Toledo – "They are like family. I have been down to Toledo more than once. They have a family atmosphere. They welcome me in real nice. I like their academics, every possible major, because academics are really big in my family."

Besides academics, Easterly is mainly looking for just one other thing, "Winning."

One of his top 4 schools is Wisconsin: "I have been talking to Coach Alexander often. I talk to him through email, over the phone, talk to him as much as I can. We have lots of contact. I am talking to the head coach tomorrow. We talk about how I will bring a lot of intensity to the team, because I am a very aggressive player. How they like my highlight tape. What position I will be playing. If there is a chance I can come in and start or get playing time as a freshman."

While Wisconsin is recruiting him at defensive back, Easterly is also getting interest at other positions such as WR. He doesn't have a preference, he just wants to play.

Easterly has a few plans for the summer as well. "I have nine colleges set up, Nike Camps, Toledo camp, Ohio State camp, all of those camps," Easterly said.

One of the other schools that Easterly says is close to offering is Michigan. "I am in contact with Michigan often, because as everyone knows, half of my team is going to Michigan," he said. "William Campbell, Thomas Gordon, Teric Jones, all of them are going up to Michigan. I have been in contact with coach Rod and all of that stuff. It will be interesting."

However, that interest and familiarity with Michigan doesn't mean that he will be following his teammates. "I wouldn't mind going somewhere to start my own path. I'm trying to find someplace that is for me, not just because my friends are going somewhere," Easterly explained. "I want to find someplace where I fit in academically and socially. Gotta find the right fit."

As for a decision, Easterly will probably be waiting a while. "I will probably make a decision after my senior season."


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