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FSU's Easterling chooses baseball over 'Noles

Posted on: July 1, 2011 3:53 pm
Edited on: July 1, 2011 7:19 pm
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

This week saw one high-profile two-sport college athlete -- Russell Wilson -- forsake professional baseball (and a sizable chunk of money) to continue pursuing his career on the gridiron. But as if to prove that every action has an equal and opposite reaction, even in college football, Florida State has now seen that same decision go against them with wide receiver Taiwan Easterling.

Make that former wide receiver Taiwan Easterling, as a Florida State official confirmed to the Sun-Sentinel that Easterling (who already has his degree) will sign a professional contract with the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs took Easterling in the 27th round of last month's MLB draft.

Though hardly the kind of seismic baseball-or-football decision Wilson's was at N.C. State (and, eventually, Wisconsin), there's little question Easterling's absence will be felt to some degree in the Seminoles' pursuit of their first ACC championship since 2005. The 5'11" Mississippi product finished in FSU's top-four receivers all three years of his career, finishing second on the 2010 team with 43 receptions (and 551 yards). He finishes his FSU tenure as the 18th-leading receiver in school history.

But even for all that, the 'Noles receiving cupboard isn't exactly bare. Not only do top two receivers Bert Reed and Willie Haulstead return, but not one player who caught a ball for Jimbo Fisher's team last season was a senior.

Certainly, they'd have been better off if Easterling had turned the Cubs down for one last hurrah. But we doubt there's going to be many tears shed for the 'Noles in Blacksburg or Coral Gables, or even many sleepless nights in Tallahassee.


Since: Jul 15, 2009
Posted on: July 27, 2011 12:13 pm

FSU's Easterling chooses baseball over 'Noles

Sounds like he was willing to work in the Cubs farm system for a few years.  And even if it doesn't work out, he can go back to get his degree.  If he is only a semester short of finishing, I would advise him to finish during the baseball off seasons, then return to FSU as a grad school student if baseball is not the trick.  I'm sure he will stay in shape and he is a known commodity in the ACC.

If Wilson proves it can be done as a QB, then certainly a WR can learn new terminology to play wide out.  I would even call Northwestern or some other school near Chicago to see what they say to a "what if".  But get the degree first!  Go to the Wisconsin / No. Illinois game in Chicago, if your season is completed by Sept 17 (ABC/ESPN2). 

See for yourself what is possible.


Since: Jan 14, 2007
Posted on: July 3, 2011 5:44 pm

FSU's Easterling chooses baseball over 'Noles

He should have stayed, gotten his degree,

The article stated he already recieved his degree

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: July 2, 2011 1:21 pm

FSU's Easterling chooses baseball over 'Noles

What an idiot.  When you are taken in the 27th round, you are a "tomato can" who provides live competition for players who have a shot at making it to the show.  He should have stayed, gotten his degree, and gone to an NFL camp next year with a chance to play slot for someone.  

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