November 1, 2009

Douglas focusing on team before self

When it comes to versatile big men on the gridiron, one class of 2010 prospect who really stands out is Mike Douglas from Largo (FL). The 6-foot-5, 225 pound two-way player is making a lot of noise on the recruiting front with 11 FBS scholarship offers.

While listed as a defensive end, Douglas has been moved this season to linebacker where he helps fill holes in the running game for Largo High School, who's currently 6-1 this season. On the offensive side of the ball, he's playing tight end and doing a lot of damage, average over 17 yards per catch with two touchdowns.

Being a big target, Douglas feels he can be a big asset to a college team on offense.

"I look at the tight end in college as a key position," Douglas said. "I think I can be that here in high school and on into the next level. I think I could be a big help because I'm big and it can be hard for some linebackers and defensive backs to hang with me."

Douglas, who is ranked as the 87th best player in the Sunshine State, is being recruited as both a defensive end and a tight end. He hasn't heard anything on the recruiting front as him playing linebacker in college, but he attributes that to not sending out any film of him in the defensive backfield.

Though he has 11 offers, Douglas has only taken one official visit, to Kentucky, a place where he says he enjoys the coaches "not only as good coaches, but as good people."

Right now he is trying to focus on getting his team to a state championship.

"I have a lot of offers, but I'm just trying to stay focused on the season and win a state championship, but recruiting is going well."

Largo has a big game scheduled this week against rival Countryside, an event the 3-star prospect says he's looking forward to.

"We have a big rivalry game against Countryside this week … This year they're our main rival because we beat them in the playoffs last year and they've been talking a lot of trash-they're also pretty close to us."

Once the season concludes, state championship or not, Douglas will focus on recruiting and making more official visits. Schools he has talked about taking officials to are Missouri and Iowa. One of his assistant coaches used to play defensive back for the Hawkeyes.

But even with offers from schools like Iowa, who are currently ranked No. 4 in the BCS, Douglas isn't counting any school out of the race. One school that is still after the central Florida big man is Colorado State, who has also offered his teammate Sean Holte. While Douglas said it would be nice, him and Holte have not discussed a "package deal" with any coaches.

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