TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State's most reliable receiver is leaving school to pursue a professional baseball career.
Taiwan Easterling, a three-year starter for the Seminoles who had at least one catch in each of his last 24 games, signed a professional contract with the Chicago Cubs and is foregoing his final year of football eligibility.
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Easterling caught 43 passes for 551 yards and five touchdowns last season at Florida State, including the game-clinching score in the Seminoles 26-17 Peach Bowl victory over South Carolina. Easterling finished his career with 108 catches for 1,315 yards and eight touchdowns. His 108 catches rank 18th all-time at Florida State, one ahead of former Seminole Jesse Hester.
Easterling hit .296 for the Seminoles this season highlighted by a 4-for-4 performance in the NCAA Regional tournament..