Jerry Easter II holds Ohio State’s bid in the 2025 class

Posted on

The Easter family has a section that shows the location accurately.

One of the top prospects in the state in the class of 2025, Jerry Easter II has completed a new season at Springfield (Ohio) Emmanuel Christian, a small school located in Northwest Ohio. Before the year began, Easter had received a scholarship offer from Ohio State a few weeks before also getting it from Michigan State. For a community that is still on the state line but geographically closer to the University of Michigan, the Buckeyes offer could be a split.

Now imagine how that might be for Easter parents. His mother, Trena Cook-Easter, played basketball for a season in Michigan and is originally from the state. His father, Jerry I, has long been best friends with Jim Jackson, whose jersey is hung on the rafters at Value City Arena.

“It’s everything we’ve dreamed of since we were young,” Jerry Easter said. “My husband wants to get a Michigan offer first. Because we got Michigan State and Ohio State, he’s still excited, but you know how alumni are. Now that Michigan has contacted us, he really doesn’t want an offer from him. It’s crazy. I’ll still get it.” , but it’s really fun.

Ohio State basketball inside: Stay tuned with text from beat reporter Adam Jardy

Ohio State Recruitmen: Rising 2024 guard Jonathan Powell received the first Ohio State scholarship offer in the state

“All the hard work we do will pay off.”

Easter II received its first scholarship offer after sixth grade. That one came from Bowling Green, and while it continues to grow add more. He has been ranked as the top prospect in the class by various websites along the way but is currently outside ESPN’s 25-man rankings for the class and no 247Sports rankings.

When the website updates its database in the coming months, Easter II numbers will be included. Described as his father’s true point guard, Easter II is healthy after suffering a damaged right wrist during a game last January. Despite the injury, Easter II was named this year’s conference player.

“The game is he puts other people down,” his father said. “You know how in the Matrix he (Neo) knows what he can do? (My son) certainly knows what he can do, but the game he’s sick of, he just knows. He can get into the hole whenever he wants, and he did it. The game is over. , about three plays back after he was injured.It took a few months to get back but he came back fully like it never happened.

Ohio State’s offer was announced Sept. 17 and came via FaceTime call from Buckeyes assistant coach Jake Diebler during a workout. Diebler said Ohio State coach Chris Holtmann wanted to speak with Easter II, his father and coach.

“We’re all sweating because we’re training, and the head coach talks to us and says that I see you training and want to let you go back to training, but we want to make an offer for you,” Easter I. said. “We started crazy. It was a great day.

UCLA, Arizona State, Toledo, Vanderbilt and others also offer it. The Overtime Elite League also has it, but Easter I told them that they turned down an $ 800,000 offer to reclassify it to the 2024 class and go through the college route because their family believes they can continue their education. In addition, he said, his son wants to win a national championship.

Where that might happen won’t be known for a while, but Ohio State will be part of the picture.

“Any college that makes us feel at home, I think about it,” Easter said. “We like O-State, but. We definitely see O-State. My wife, she’s all Michigan but since Michigan isn’t coming, she’s like, ‘Anyone who loves a baby, that’s what I love.’ That’s how he is now. ”

ajardy@dispatch.com

@AdamJardy

Get more Ohio State news by listening to our podcast