February 7, 2007

Landing Antwain Easterling

Antwain Easterling, who led Northwestern (Miami, Fla.) to the Class 6A state title and earned Class 6A Player of the Year honors after rushing for 2,831 yards and 33 touchdowns, signed a national letter of intent to play for Southern Mississippi over Rutgers and North Carolina on Wednesday morning.

"I just really liked the campus and the environment. I just want to show [other colleges] when I get there what they missed out on,'' Easterling told local media outlets.

It appears that they have missed out on a lot. Easterling, the Dade County MVP, is rated is a four-star rating by rivals.com, is rated the No. 17 running back in the nation by rivals.com and the 39th best player in the state of Florida by rivals.com. Other services think even more highly of him ESPN ranks him as the No. 5 running back in the nation. That's quite an impressive resume and one that most likely makes Easterling the most highly recruited and highly touted overall player ever to sign at Southern Miss.

How did a player as highly rated as Northwestern's Antwain Easterling end up at Southern Miss? It's a complicated story and here's our best effort to piece it together.

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