March 29, 2009

Easterly still interested in OSU

Despite living in the state of Michigan, Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech standout wide receiver Daniel Easterly hasn't done much to hide is vast interest in Ohio State.

It isn't easy for Easterly, either, given three of his closest friends and former teammates at Cass Tech William Campbell, Thomas Gordon, and Teric Jones[/b] were a part of Michigan's 2009 signing class.

Easterly, however, is still enthusiastic about both Ohio State and Michigan.

"I am going to try and get in contact with (Ohio State) really soon," Easterly said of the Buckeyes. "I want to keep talking to Ohio State because I like them a lot. I am still trying to see what Ohio State has to offer me."

"Michigan has been in contact with me a lot," Easterly added about the Wolverines. "They have always been in contact with me and I am interested in them."

Thus far, despite staying in contact with both Ohio State and Michigan, Easterly has yet to receive an official scholarship offer from either school.

Even so, the 6-foot-5, 195-pound receiver, who is a hot commodity because of his large size, still feels his recruiting process is going in a positive direction with offers from Minnesota, Illinois, and Toledo.

"My recruiting process is going very well. I have a lot of offers and people talking about offering," Easterly said.

Easterly spoke with Ohio State safeties coach [db]Paul Haynes a few weeks ago and still plans on keeping in regular contact with the Buckeyes coach like he has during the length of his recruitment process.

"I talk to him quite a bit," Easterly said. "We talk about the positions I would play at Ohio State, how I could fit in with the team, and my playmaking ability."

"I planned on calling him this weekend," Easterly added. "I am probably going to call him tonight. I have been busy with track and field, so it has been tough sometimes keeping up with all of my phone calls."

Easterly visited Michigan's Junior Day a few weeks ago and came away impressed with expectations of a possible scholarship offer shortly from the Wolverines.

"They said I should be getting an offer in a month or so," Easterly said. "I talked to coach (Tony Dews) and he said they were going to offer me. I am really excited about that offer coming in."

The Buckeyes also have spoken with the big wide receiver about getting an offer in the future, as Easterly said "Ohio State told me that I may get an offer the first time I went there."

If Ohio State were to come through with an offer for Easterly, the big wide receiver said the Buckeyes would land very high on his list.

"That would put them at the top," Easterly said.

Because Easterly hasn't received an offer from either school, both didn't quite make it into his top three, though that would probably change if an offer was formally sent to Easterly.

"Right now my top schools are the schools that offered me so far," Easterly said. "I can't put anybody in front of the schools that offered me. So right now, my top schools would probably be Illinois, Toledo, and Minnesota."

Ari Wasserman is a staff writer for He can be reached at [email protected].

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