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Daniel Easterly thought before he made an unofficial visit that Illinois would be the school for him. The trip in early June sealed the deal.
The safety from Detroit Cass Tech made a commitment to Ron Zook's program Wednesday. He picked the Illini over Michigan State, Toledo and others.
Illinois made the offer to Easterly during the winter. He looked at a couple of other schools before the visit to Champaign-Urbana.
"My coach and my dad told me it was going to be a school that fit me," Easterly said. "I went down there, checked it out and fell in love with it.
"It's a bunch of things. I like the academic aspect of it. I like the facilities. I like everything about it. I've been to a lot of schools and Illinois was the best that I've been to."
The 6-foot-4, 197-pounder plays linebacker, safety and receiver at Cass Tech. Which one will he play at Illinois?
"Whatever my coaches want me to play," Easterly said. "I know when you go to college they try to put weight on you, so I could turn into a linebacker. I could still see myself playing safety because that's my main position. I'll probably end up playing safety when I go to college."
He prefers defense to offense.
"I love being the hitter," Easterly said. "Hitting is my favorite part of the game and that's what I do best."
Easterly said he bonded well with Illinois defensive line coach Keith Gilmore, who recruits the Detroit area for Illinois.
Easterly plays three sports at Cass Tech: football, basketball and track.
"My senior year, I plan on doing everything," Easterly said.
Off the field and court, Easterly likes to spend time on the computer.
"I'm kind of like a computer nerd," Easterly said. "I made the team highlight tapes. I plan to be a computer engineer."
Cass Tech went 8-3 in 2008. Easterly is aiming for a perfect senior season.
"I'm going to make myself better and I'm going to make my team better," Easterly said.