February 27, 2009

Big WR from Michigan likes OSU

Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech has become a pipeline for athletes who eventually end up at Michigan. Just last year, the Wolverines signed three players from the school in William Campbell, Thomas Gordon and Teric Jones.

So for the recruitment of Cass Tech standout wide receiver Daniel Easterly, it isn't a surprise the Michigan has shown a strong interest.

Easterly, however, isn't ready to completely jump on the Wolverine bandwagon, despite admittedly being interested in the program.

"The University of Michigan is a good school, a really good school, but (having a strong familiarity with the program) isn't going to affect my decision," Easterly said. "I know they have a pipeline from Cass, but that really isn't going to affect my decision at all.

"(The Cass Tech players that signed with Michigan) are like my brothers. We watched movies, hung out, all of that stuff," Easterly said. "I am trying to do my own thing, so that doesn't matter. It's about where I fit in, how I feel about the school, and it's about my feelings. That's how I am going to chose my school."

Rather surprisingly, the 6-foot-5, 195-pound receiver has taken quite the linking to Michigan's biggest rival in Ohio State. Easterly has built a steady relationship with Ohio State safeties coach Paul Haynes, as the two talk pretty regularly.

"I have been talking to him on and off lately and we talk about my size, what I did last season, and how I am doing in my indoor track season," Easterly said. "We have a good relationship. It could be stronger, but I think it is really good. I talked to him last week and I was supposed to talk to him this week, but I have been busy."

Easterly said he is expecting offers from Illinois, Minnesota, and Iowa to go along with his offer from Toledo any day, in addition to drawing interest from plenty of schools like Michigan, Ohio State, Wisconsin, Alabama, Florida, Michigan State, and Hawaii.

"They would go really high on my list," Easterly said if Ohio State comes through with an offer. "It is a great school and I have been hearing a whole lot of good stuff about them. They would definitely go to the top of my list."

Easterly said it would be interesting if he eventually ended up playing at Ohio State, given some of his closest friends attend Michigan in perhaps college football's biggest rivalry.

"It is kind of exciting. All my friends talk about the Ohio State-Michigan rivalry," Easterly said. "It will be really exciting if I decide to attend Ohio State."

In March, Easterly plans to make another visit to Columbus for a camp at Ohio State. The wide receiver, who also plays quite a bit of safety on defense, is looking forward to getting back out to Ohio State and showing everyone what he can do.

"I am going to the camp and I want to do what I have been doing," Easterly said. "I am just going to do my best in whatever I have to do and hopefully I will impress people."

Interest has been pouring in for Easterly, which could be because of his large size. Easterly admitted he liked being 6-foot-5.

"I think I intimidate my opponents because I am the tallest dude on my team, so nobody can really push me around," Easterly said.

Ari Wasserman is a staff writer for BuckeyeGrove.com. He can be reached at AriWasserman@gmail.com.

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