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Written by: Billy Splain on Tuesday, August 10th, 2021
The Crusaders of Bishop McDevitt are no strangers to D1 football players. Over the years they have produced some great players. LeSean McCoy, Ricky Watters. LeRon McCoy, Jamie Thomas and Aaron Berry to name a few huge names and more recently Bryce Hall. Add another to that list as Mario Easterly has committed to Old Dominion and if early signs matter, he certainly has a chance to follow in those footsteps. He follows former Crusader JoJo Headen, who has started for the Monarchs in every game for the last three years.
Easterly had a nice slate of offers from Kent St, Toledo, Bowling Green, UConn, Buffalo, Army, Air Force and Central Michigan, but it was a recent visit to ODU that landed him. “The first time I visited ODU I instantly loved the area and the campus along with the coaches showing major interest. I felt ODU gave me a great opportunity to showcase my skills at a high level.” Recruited as a wide receiver by many, ODU wants to see him play safety or nickel backer. “My decision was based off what I believe will give me the best opportunity to show out and ultimately accomplish my dreams of playing in the NFL.”
Crusader head coach Jeff Weachter was a bit surprised but not at the position they want him for. ” I honestly thought he’d go as a receiver, that’s what most offered him for. But good for him. He gives you a guy that when you want to go zero, and well he plays baseball too so he’s fast, he’s a good center fielder. He’s a four year starter for us and plays excellent cover, he’s very physical.
“(Safeties Coach) Remington Rebstock recruited me and we had many great conversations about my potential playing safety at the next level and how much he believed in my abilities. I trust everything the new coaching staff is doing so I feel it’s a good fit. The new coaching staff is great and they are winners. They are building ODU into a championships team.”
Mario says the recruiting process was “long and stressful” but he feels “blessed to have the opportunity to meet a bunch of great coaches and learn about different universities.” He feels confident in his abilities to help ODU win games. “I’m a determined, versatile defensive back with the ball skills who will make plays on defense and in the return game given the chance.”
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