March 2, 2009

Distance no problem for Easley

Staten Island (N.Y.) Curtis defensive end Dominique Easley had a big junior season that earned him a lot of respect across the state.

The 6-foot-3, 258-pound pass rusher runs the 40-yard dash in 4.7 seconds. As a junior at Curtis he recorded 51 tackles, 10 sacks an interception and two fumble recoveries.

Thus far he has picked up offers from Rutgers and Syracuse.

"Rutgers offered me around Christmas," Easley recalled. "Then Syracuse offered me a couple of weeks later. I don't have any favorites yet. I'm not really too worried about that right now."

Easley attended Rutgers' first junior day and came away impressed with what the Scarlet Knights could offer him. While he said nothing in particular stood out he said it was a good opportunity and he would like to go back.

"I was supposed to go up to Connecticut for a junior day there but I had a track meet," he added. "I'm supposed to be going up there for a visit sometime, too. That will probably be for a spring practice."

Easley said he was recently contacted by Oregon but is not sure just how interested the Ducks really are.

While a lot of prospects give the edge to the schools that are closer to home, that's not the case with Easley. He wants to get out and see a new part of the country during his college years.

"Basically for me, one of the biggest things is going to be that I want to get away," he said. "I just want to get out and experience something new somewhere else."

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