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STATE CHAMPS! SCOUT TEAM: Go West, Young Man — AA Pioneer QB Conor Easthope picks WMU

By: , March 25, 2020, 1:46 pm

The collection of scintillating signal callers on the 2021 recruiting board in the Mitten just got a little lighter.

Ann Arbor Pioneer junior quarterback Conor Easthope committed to Western Michigan over the weekend. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound gunslinger is considered the No. 1 field general prospect in the state according to 24/7Sports. He threw for 1,865 yards and 18 touchdowns last fall, taking his Pioneer squad into the Division 1 playoffs. Don’t dare him to beat you with his wheels either, because Easthope racked up almost 400 yards and 8 touchdowns on the ground in 2020.

Easthope’s decision to become a Bronco makes him the fifth pledge to jump on board to Tim Lester’s 2021 WMU recruiting class. Most of the Mid-American Conference was in the hunt for his services.

“Smart and accurate,” is how 24/7 Midwest Football Recruiting Coordinator Allen Trieu describes Easthope.

Renowned quarterback whisperer Donovan Dooley, who led vaunted Detroit dePorres to a state title as a prepster under center in the 2000s, has been training Easthope since Easthope was in elementary school.

“Conor is a pure pro-style prospect, he can move chains with his arm, his legs and his sound decision making,” Dooley said. “His biggest strengths are his leadership, his approach to the game, which is all business and his attention to detail, in preparation and in how he delivers the football. He throws with purpose. He plays with a grab-the-bull-by-the-horns attitude and that rubs off on his teammates.”

— SCOTT M. BURNSTEIN