January 5, 2012

Douglas still on the radar

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Ohio's junior class is loaded with quality defensive backs and one of the best is Avon product Ross Douglas. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound cornerback is coming an impressive junior season for the Eagles and he continues to be one of the most heavily recruited juniors in the Buckeye State. With the coaching staff shakeup at Ohio State, the Buckeyes haven't lost track of Douglas as he is still very much on the radar screen.

"Coach (Taver) Johnson was up at the school today," said Douglas. "They aren't allowed to call guys down (to speak with coaches) so I didn't get a chance to talk to him."

Still, Douglas was pleased to hear that Ohio State is still tracking him, especially with Urban Meyer now at the helm.

"It's a good hire for Ohio State," he said. "Urban Meyer is one of the best college coaches probably in the past decade. Him bringing his winning tradition to Ohio State when they really needed that, it helps a lot. I really think that Ohio State is heading in the right direction in the next couple years."

Ohio State isn't the only big-time program showing serious interest in the lockdown corner, many of the elite programs in the Midwest are doing the same.

"Right now I have four offers and I'm hearing from a lot of schools," he said. "The main ones are Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Louisville, and there's a bunch more that I've been talking to on a constant basis. I think my recruitment should pick up here in January in the next couple of months."

With such a loaded group of defensive backs in Ohio's 2013 class, naturally many Big Ten programs should benefit from the depth. Douglas says he takes pride in the quality of the class as a whole and uses the stereotypes that Ohio doesn't produce elite skill players as a motivational tool when he competes at camps.

"Oh, no doubt," Douglas said, when asked if he carried a chip on his shoulder at the big camps. "Mostly they just say that SEC schools only recruit Ohio linemen or whatever but we have some nice skill players in this class. We just want to make it known around the nation that we can compete with anybody."

Douglas is just a month removed from the completion of his junior football season and overall he was pretty satisfied with how everything went.

"I did really good this season," he said. "I was a little disappointed in myself in the title game. I played the title game with a concussion so that's the only thing that really disappointed me this season. Other than that, I think I performed very well for my team and I did everything that my coach asked me for."

Despite the tough loss in the finals, Douglas enjoyed the experience and the opportunity to compete against other high level players.

"It was great," he said. "We played a very good Trotwood-Madison team. We got to play against some great players like Mike McCray, Bam Bradley, and Cam Burrows. All three of them are very good players and it was just tough that it had to end that way."

Douglas is currently the No. 7 ranked player in the BuckeyeGrove.com class of 2013 Ohio rankings.


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