December 16, 2008

Utah quarterback happy to be a Ram

After a whirlwind life, Snow College quarterback Jon Eastman will come back to the state it all started this winter as he has given an oral commitment to Colorado State. Eastman has already graduated and will attend Colorado State as an accounting major starting in the spring semester.

Eastman is a Fort Morgan native who went to high school in Sandy, Utah before headed to Weber State out of high school. After taking a mission to Brazil for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, he decided to go to Snow Junior College in an attempt to catch the eye of Division I recruiters. Colorado State was the only school to offer a scholarship, although Utah State and Wyoming had entered the picture late.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Eastman missed the first nine games of the season due to foot injury, but returned to complete 60-of-89 passes for 804 yards, eight touchdowns and was picked off three times. Eastman completed 67 percent of his passes for Snow College, which finished 11-0 and had a margin of victory of 27.9 points. Snow was defeated in the Top of the Mountain Bowl by Butler College 37-30. In that game Eastman completed 19-of-31 passes for 266 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. He ran for another 19 yards on six carries.

Eastman said his fifth metatarsal had a bone chip, but it has since checked out okay several times since, including during his visit and has been given a clean bill of health.

Eastman said he enjoyed the attitude, the athleticism of the team and the style of play that he saw on his visit. Mostly, he liked the coaching staff.

"The main thing is the attitude of what is happening there," Eastman said. "It seems to me something is about to quake. Good things are about the happen in the near future. I like the coaching staff."

"I told the coaches Sunday night (that he was going to commit)," Eastman said. "I told them I wanted to come home and talk to my parents. I came home, thought about things and felt it was right. I talked to them (CSU) Sunday night. They said they were real excited."

Eastman said he is known as a pocket passer who has a strong arm. He also has 4.5 speed in the 40-yard dash and 495-pound squat. He said he is excited about the commitment and looking forward to coming in and competing for a job. He is also looking forward to being back in Colorado.

"Snow is a little tiny town, so I have been living in a small town the last couple years," Eastman said. "I have lived in Washington and bigger cities, but Fort Collins seems real nice. It has a small-town feel to it, but it is a big city and has everything a big city has. It will be nice. It will be good, because I have tons of family in Colorado as well."

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