All-WSC Bryan Easterly Returns for Ventura

There's a buzz around the Western State Conference regarding Ventura College. Word is out that they're loaded. Head Coach Terry Morris led last year's team, which featured 17 freshmen starters, to a somewhat disappointing 5-5 record. The guys are all grown up now and there's optimism in the air. It doesn't hurt that last year's defensive MVP and All-WSC defense end, Bryan Easterly, is back for his sophomore season.

Bryan Easterly
Defensive End
Ventura College

Ht/Wt: 6-2 1/2, 240
Forty: 4.96
Shuttle: 4.38
Bench: 14 @ 225
Vertical: 24.9
Projected Grad Date: Dec-02
High School: Ventura HS, CA

*Numbers are from the SoCal Combine held May 4 at Santa Ana College.

Easterly is used to winning, so it's no wonder he's excited to put last year's .500 season behind him. He'd like to play in another Championship Game such as the one he played in during his senior season at Ventura High School.

"We won the CIF Championship my senior year with Tyler Ebell (UCLA; RS-Frosh) at running back. I ended up All-CIF and All-County both my junior and senior years," said Easterly.

Despite the individual and team accomplishments, however, major colleges showed little interest in the 195-pound defensive end / tight end. So he made what's looking like a great decision, which was to play for Coach Morris at nearby Ventura College.

In his first season Easterly managed in the neighborhood of 70 tackles and "11 or 12" sacks. Against Bakersfield, one of the true powerhouses of community college football, Easterly recorded 13 tackles, 2 sacks, and a fumble recovery. In the end, his numbers were good enough for Team Defensive MVP and All-WSC honors.

An outsider might think it hard for Easterly to top last year's individual performance, but he has set his goals even higher.

"First, I want our team to win and for the team to play in the state title game. And personally I would like to have 70 tackles again and 20 sacks. 16 is the school record," said Easterly, who emphasized the overall goal of winning as a team.

Easterly showed up at the second annual Combine and impressed a number of four-year coaches in attendance.

It's early still, but several D1 program have expressed interest in Easterly, including: Utah, Utah State, Northern Arizona, and Boise State. The fact that he's a qualifier, who graduates in December, plays greatly in his favor.

Four-year programs will likely request a lot of game film from Coach Morris' staff this season since the team is loaded with great athletes. Easterly commented that everyone is bigger and stronger -- no slackers to be found.

Some names to remember:

  • RB Marcus Crawford (6-3, 220) is a bounceback from UNLV.
  • OL Billy Griffin (6-4, 300) is getting lots of looks. He signed with Montana St. out of high school but never attended classes per Easterly.
  • CB Drakus Langford (5-11, 180) may be Ventura's number one recruit. He's a shut-down guy.
  • TE Victor Sesay (6-7, 260) is a basketball player playing tight end. Made All-WSC last year and can do it all.
  • OL Mike Bakken (6-4, 315) could breakthrough. He was one of the strongest players at the combine.

That's just a short list of guys to watch on this Ventura team. Get the rest of the names in our team preview.

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