After moving on from Florida this summer Dominique Easley had been paying attention to Penn State…
Instant Analysis: Dominique Easley
Penn State picked up their latest commitment from Dominique Easley, a 6-foot-2, 255-pound defensive lineman from Curtis High School in Staten Island, N.Y., on Sunday night and in Easley they got a player that will bring them great get-off, strength and pass rushing ability no matter where he plays on the line. The first thing you notice with Easley is how quick he gets off the snap. He has a very powerful lower and upper body and thrusts himself at his blocker using both, essentially making him a cannon ball coming off the line. He also seems to be able to guess or time snap counts very, very well and can get a head start on the play because of that. Something to notice about Easley is that while he flies into the backfield, he does so under control which is important. He also finishes his tackles and/or sacks when he gets into the opponents' backfield with some brutal hitting and tackling. Easley does a very good job of using his hands at the point of attack and disengaging from offensive linemen. This also helps him in the run game where he does a very good job of setting the edge and forcing plays back inside where the rest of his team can make the tackle. In terms of straight line speed, Easley isn't a burner, but when he gets that big body moving in one direction he shows very solid ability in backside pursuit and will catch a ball carrier from behind. When you block him, it better not be a chip-block either because he does tend to overpower at the point of attack. Easley has a big, thick core and I'm not 100-percent sure he will stay as a defensive end at the college level. Penn State got a commitment in Sean Stanley a few years ago who was an end that has converted to tackle and I can see that happening with Easley as well. I've heard that he is shorter than reported and is around 6-foot-1. If he can add some good weight and get in the 6-foot-1, 290-pound area he could be a very explosive three-technique defensive tackle. There are a few things I do worry about with Easley and the first one is getting a false positive on his abilities because of how poor the competition he is playing against is. Curtis usually plays one solid team a year in Fort Hamilton and that is something to keep in mind. Easley also doesn't look to have great change of direction which he'll need coming off the edge. That's something he'll need to work on in college. My last concern would be for Easley to put the right type of weight on. He's already very thick and to keep his explosiveness, he'll need to half a good muscle to fat ratio. We're not looking for a sculpted body here, but you get the point. I do believe that Easley will end up eventually shifting inside for the Nittany Lions, however I have not been told that by any sources. It's simply my opinion.
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