2011 Big 12 All-Freshman Team (Rivals)
Two-time letterwinner who looks to establish himself in the depth at strong safety ... He'll begin camp listed at No. 3 on the depth chart there.
Saw action in five games in reserve duty and as part of special teams units.
Won Big 12 All-Freshman honors from Rivals in his 1st year of action ... Saw action in all 13 games in his redshirt freshman campaign ... Made 9 total tackles on the season, and wrapped up the year by making 1 stop in the Independence Bowl against North Carolina ... Recorded two solo tackles at Baylor on Nov. 5 ... Had two tackles against both Texas Tech Western Illinois ... Also had tackles against Oklahoma State and Texas A&M...
Took a redshirt season in his first year in the Tiger program, and made good impressions for his efforts as part of the defensive scout team ... Was honored with the team's defensive back-up player of the week award during preparations for the game against Nebraska.
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 ... Ranked by ESPN.com as the nation's No. 41 prep safety prospect ... Rivals.com ranked him as the No. 16 overall player at any position in the state of Michigan, and as the nation's No. 81 prep prospect at the athlete position ... Scout.com ranked him as the nation's No. 89 safety prospect ... Won All-State honors in each of his last two seasons ... Turned in 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, had 83 total tackles, and added 15 pass break ups, three interceptions, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries ... Also was an outstanding performer in track, as he won all-state honors multiple times ... High school coach - Thomas Wilcher ... Hails from the same high school as current Assistant A.D. & Head Strength Coach, Pat Ivey.
Parents - Zachary & Karen Easterly ... Was born in Kansas City and lived there until he was eight years old ... Hails from an athletic family, as his older brothers Zachary and Julian play football at Wayne State and Indiana State, respectively ... Lists hobbies as making highlight tapes and playing basketball ... Chose Mizzou over Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan State, Illinois, Purdue, Louisville and Minnesota, among many others.