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Meet Ross Douglas
Scout: 3-star #42 CB
Rivals: 4-star #222 OVR, #22 CB
247Sports:4-star #25 CB
ESPN:4-star #30 CB
Wow. I'm not even sure where to start. We all know what went down Monday morning with the PSU sanctions and knew there was going to be some de-commits for the Nittany Lions. It was just a matter of time. When hearing the news, Ross Douglas was not one to go against the grain. Douglas de-commited almost simultaneously to hearing the news of the NCAA hammering down on his future school. Michigan did wait a day to let everything blow over, then re-extended an offer to the young man this morning, this afternoon he pulled the switcharoo, and here we are welcoming commit #23 to the '13 class (Resemblence? Third sentence...).
Douglas hails from Avon, OH and where he attends Avon HS. He stands 5'10 180 lbs (Scout list 5'11"). Scout also is the lone site to dish out a 3-star ranking, which is interesting because they had very similar analysis with Rivals, who has him rated the highest, while also posting a 4.4 40 time. 247Sports and ESPN listed a 4.5 40, so we'll just say 4.45 40, sound good? I thought so too. The talented cover man had this (plus a video) to say about his experience at "The Night Game" and more courtesy of ESPN:
"That was the craziest football game I've ever witnessed," he told ESPN.com. "The atmosphere was nuts, and it just showed me what Michigan had to offer."
Just another day in the charmed recruiting life for the Wolverines, who now have 23 commitments for the 2013 class. Douglas is their 14th four-star prospect among the group, which ESPN.com currently ranks as the No. 2 class in the nation behind USC. He is the third cornerback in the class, joining Jourdan Lewis and Gareon Conley.Here's just another example of what the Notre Dame game was able to do for recruiting (Did Dymonte Thomas come to mind? He should of...he's gunna be a good one...). Speaking of Dymonte Thomas...He and Douglas have always been good friends and he definitely had something to do with this one (I mean do we even need coaches to recruit anymore?! I'm being dead serious). Dymonte was all over him talking about a second chance yesterday:
@RDouglas_21 remember when i asked you why didn't you come to Michigan and you said bc they pulled the offer well here's your chance #GoBlue
— Dymonte Thomas (@Dymonte1) July 24, 2012
They built a very good relationship playing along side each in a few different camps/tournaments over the summer and have stated how well they play off each other on the field. Douglas also plans to enroll early next spring, which is a blessing in disguise. This allows the coaches to pro-rate his commitment back to the 2012 class and therefore (possible) freeing up an additional spot in this already talented class.
Douglas excels on both sides of the ball at Avon HS. He seems very shifty, makes great cuts, and shows some pull-away speed on offense. On defense, he is an all over you, in your face, blanket type of corner. He exhibit's excellent closing speed and has great cover skills (you'll see below). He also made the front page of Recruiting Nation Football on ESPN (!!).
He held 22 offers in total. Most notably from Louisville, Tennessee, Washington, West Virginia, and from the B1G: Wisconsin, Minnesota, Nebraska, Northwestern, Purdue, and obviously Penn. St.
Something Scary To Think About
Just think of these 9 names that will occupy the defensive back field for quite some time in Maize and Blue: Countess, Richardson, Lewis, Stribling, Douglas and Safeties Wilson, Gant, Clark, and Thomas. This could be scary folks! Let's just hope college football is contemplating making it illegal to have a DB group this good, and this deep by the time they leave. I don't believe we would have a problem with that...no?
Happy Commitment Recruitaholics! Celebrate accordingly and responsibly!