October 7, 2011

Douglas making the rounds

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By now it's no secret that the 2013 crop of defensive backs in the state of Ohio could be a special one. Numerous prospects at the position are already holding BCS level offers and one of the elite players in the group is Avon product Ross Douglas. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound prospect was in Columbus on Saturday to watch Ohio State's Big Ten opener.

"I thought the visit went well," explained Douglas. "Darian Hicks and Solomon Warfield were up there and we're all pretty good friends. We met at the (Ohio State) camp so I was just hanging out with them the whole time. I thought Ohio State played hard even though they came up short in the end, they played a tough Michigan State team."

Douglas holds three verbal offers at the moment and is receiving strong interest from just about every major program in the Midwest.

"Tennessee, Minnesota, and UCONN have offered so far," he said. "Louisville, Kentucky, West Virginia, Cincinnati, Ohio State, Michigan, and Michigan State (are all showing interest)."

At the moment Douglas is keeping his options open as he works on getting out and seeing as many college campuses as his schedule will allow.

"No favorites at this point," he said. "It's really not that time for me to start naming favorites because it's still relatively early in the process so it's early to start to (talk about favorites)."

On Saturday, Douglas and friend and fellow Division I prospect, De'Niro Laster of Shaker Heights will head to SEC country together.

"I'm going to Tennessee on Saturday," Douglas said. "I'm just looking forward to being a part of the game day atmosphere. I've heard a lot about the stadium and how crazy the fans are. It's their (home) opening game in the SEC so I just want to be a part of that."

Douglas and his Avon teammates are sitting pretty through six games as the Eagles are at the top of the Region 6 playoff standings.

"We're 6-0 right now," he said. "Things are going really good. We're getting better every week and that's what we want to do. We want to be playing our best football week 10 because we play Lake Catholic then and then we're trying to make a run in the playoffs."

Douglas is a two-way starter for Avon at both running back and corner and the wear and tear against a strong schedule can really add up. Douglas says he feels as good as possible going into week seven.

"I'm holding up good," he said. "I'm in really good shape so I'm able to go full speed both ways. I just want to be out there as much as I can to help the team."

Douglas is the No. 7 ranked prospect in the BuckeyeGrove.com Class of 2013 Ohio rankings.


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