When Wisconsin offered Quan Easterling (Akron, Ohio./Archbishop Hoban) fullback in October, the Akron commit knew he at least needed to take a look. When the Zips and head coach Terry Bowden parted ways the following month, Easterling knew he’d probably end up a Badger.
Heading into his official visit to Madison this weekend, Easterling fully expected to make the switch and did just that, becoming the 18th commitment in UW’s 2019 recruiting class.
“I was already planning to commit once I got up there,” Easterling told Badger247. “The way the coaches talk to me, I can tell they care about their players. They built a good connection with the players. I was also with some of their commits and we just clicked. They welcomed me into the family and I liked that.
“I loved the campus, I loved the football facilities. Everything is pretty close together, even in a big city. They love the football team there. I just loved everything about it.”
Easterling initially committed to Akron in June over Toledo, Dartmouth, and others. The three-star athlete also added an offer from UCLA last month, while Michigan State began to show interest as well.
“They were pretty pumped,” said Easterling. “They were really excited. They think I’m a physical and true fullback and I can play downhill.”
Easterling did have to make a difficult phone call to Akron, however.
“They understood where I was coming from,” said Easterling. “The head coach got fired and the best move for me and my family was Wisconsin.”
With Alec Ingold leaving after the 2018 season, Wisconsin has a vacant starting job available at fullback. Easterling, who was part of Hoban’s 15-0 state championship team, hopes to make an impact next season.
“With Alec leaving, it opens up a lot of opportunity,” he said. “The spot is up for grabs, whoever is the most hungry for it.
“I like how they use their fullbacks,” he continued. “In high school, I was mainly blocking. I think it opens up the offense a little more with a fullback who’s able to slip out and catch a pass or take a hand off.
“I really like that about Wisconsin.”
Easterling was hosted by freshman quarterback Chase Wolf, also an Ohio native.
“He told me that everyone is just happy there,” said Easterling. “Everyone is really friendly and just stays together.”
Easterling had an official visit set to UCLA next weekend, but has cancelled the trip. He will sign with Wisconsin on Dec. 19.
“It’s a big relief,” he said. “After my senior season, the recruiting process came out of nowhere again for me. A lot of coaches were coming in.
“After going to Wisconsin, I don’t think I want to go anywhere else.”