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.