WVSU becomes right place for Easterling

Published 3:12 am Friday, May 15, 2009

PROCTORVILLE — Where Robbie Easterling decided to go was important. Where he goes once he gets there isn’t.

The Fairland Dragons’ senior third baseman and pitcher has settled on the college program he likes and he sealed the deal by signing a letter-of-intent with the West Virginia State Yellow Jackets.

But Easterling said WVSU legendary head coach Calvin Bailey has not given any indication as to what position or positions he will play.

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“Coach Bailey doesn’t like to recruit players for any set position. He likes to have versatile players who can be utility-type players. I like third base, but I’ll go play where ever he puts me,” said Easterling.

“I know I have to work harder. I have to get bigger and stronger. I’m sure they’ll have me on a weight (lifting) program.”

The four-year starter for the Dragons went to West Virginia State to visit and took some batting practice. After a few phone conversations with Bailey, he decided it was the best program for him.

“I’m really excited about going there,” said Easterling. “Coach Bailey has 900 wins. He runs a great program.”

While Easterling expects to get the opportunity to play in the Yellow Jackets’ infield, pitching remains a possibility although the new WVSU recruit doesn’t see it in his future.

“I like to pitch, but I don’t see myself doing that well in college,” said Easterling.

Easterling will play in the same conference as the University of Charleston whose program signed his Fairland teammate Tyler Thackston.

He said that’s one time he’d like to pitch.

“I just want to strike Tyler out,” said Easterling with a grin.

Robbie is the son of Kathy Bruce and Bobby Easterling.