January 29, 2009

Quarterbacking runs in the family for Eastman

To say playing quarterback runs in the family for Colorado State quarterback commitment Jon Eastman is no stretch. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound signalcaller from Snow Community College in Utah is one of 11 siblings with all seven of which having played quarterback.

"We do talk about who is the best quarterback, but I think it is always playing around," Eastman laughed. "Everyone talks like they are the best. Everyone is a little different style. Everyone does their own thing. There is always a debate talking a little smack.

Quarterbacking doesn't just end in high school for the Eastman family. Eastman said he has had one brother play quarterback at the NCAA Division I-AA level, another who played briefly at the Air Force Academy; one who walked on at Brigham Young University and another who is currently playing for Utah State after returning from his mission with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Jon Eastman attended Snow College after serving an LDS mission of his own to Brazil. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Eastman missed the first nine games of this 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.

Eastman committed to Colorado State in mid-December, picking the Rams over Wyoming and Utah State. Eastman moved into Fort Collins this week and has begun to get settled in.

"It was pretty crazy showing up and not knowing anyone and trying to find an apartment, finding classes and everything," Eastman said. "I found a great apartment with good guys, got into pretty much all the classes I wanted. It has been good.

"It has been real good. I can tell it is a change right now, but I will enjoy it (Fort Collins) a lot," Eastman added. "I am liking Fort Collins a lot. Everyone is real friendly, real nice and real helpful."

This week Eastman will join his future teammates in the weight room and is getting to know his fellow Rams. He said he has always made great friends on the football teams that he has played on, and has already gotten familiar with his receiving corps.

"I don't know if it is because of that (they will want the ball), but I had a couple receivers come up to me and ask how everything is going and if they can help," Eastman said.

Eastman already has his Associate of Arts degree and has decided to major in Business and Accounting at Colorado State. He said he hopes to parlay his education into some coaching and either teaching business classes or getting into his own business.

"I kind of want to coach high school-aged kids and help them out a little bit," he said. "A lot of coaches have been big-time in a lot of decisions for me, so I think it would be cool to help out kids."

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