S DANIEL EASTERLY 6'4" 205 4.5 Detroit (MI) Cass Tech
Easterly is a hard hitting safety, who may grow into an OLB after he arrives at Missouri. He's a highly-coveted do-it-all type of athlete who will make an impact at the collegiate level. He made his mark at the prep level playing at defensive back and linebacker and also serving as a standout on kickoff and punt coverage units, where he showed a fearless mentality, great speed and a natural athleticism. Scout.com ranks him as the nation's No. 89 safety prospect. He won All-State honors in each of his last two seasons. He registered 123 tackles, 4 forced fumbles and 14 pass break-ups playing both safety and linebacker during his senior season in 2009. During his junior season, Easterly made 83 total tackles, and added 15 pass break-ups, three interceptions, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He was also an outstanding performer in track, as he won all-state honors multiple times.
His high school coach is Thomas Wilcher, and his
parents are Zachary and Karen Easterly. He was born in Kansas City and lived there until he was eight years old. He comes from an athletic family, as his older brothers Zachary and Julian play football at Wayne State and Indiana State, respectively. He is interested in studying broadcast journalism at Missouri's renowned School of Journalism. Easterly enjoys making highlight tapes and playing basketball. He chose Missouri over Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Illinois, Purdue, Louisville, and Minnesota, among many others.
Missouri Assistant Coach Craig Kuligowski served as the primary recruiter on Easterly. Here's what he said about Daniel. "He's a very intelligent young man. He's a rare type of athlete, to be as big as he is, and be able to run as well as he does, and be able to hit like he does."
JP: " Easterly has a lot of upside and will be an exciting player to watch and see how he develops. Great size, rangy kid who could ultimately play at 230-235lbs with his frame. He tries to knock the snot out of his opponent on every play. He can cover in pass defense and he could also be someone who rushes the quarterback for you at outside linebacker. Thee is a lot to like about his as a prospect."
Greg: Daniel Easterly is a promising prospect who will start out playing in the secondary at Missouri. He's fast and rangy, and has shown himself to be a big hitter, as well as a sure tackler in the open field. He'll need to add muscle to his long frame in order to be able to hold up physically at this level.