January 24, 2012

Douglas planning Michigan visit

Michigan's coaches haven't quite completed their 2012 recruiting class, but they've already been able to spend some time working on junior prospects. One of those players is Avon (Ohio) cornerback Ross Douglas. He already holds five offers, and one from the Wolverines might be coming soon.

Michigan's interest in Douglas has shown itself so far through a relationship he's built with defensive coordinator Greg Mattison. Douglas has been to Ann Arbor once before, and will make a return trip shortly after Signing Day 2012, to experience the campus on Feb. 3.

Douglas is familiar with Wilson because the two used to work out at the same facility. Although they aren't good friends, Douglas is looking forward to the opportunity to get to know him better. Michigan's emphasis on players from Ohio - including Wilson and Ringer - is a positive factor for the Wolverines, but his fit at the school is more important during the recruiting process.

His fit on the field is not a question. When Douglas steps between the lines, he says he simply uses his opportunities to make plays. That ability was on full display during his junior season at Avon. He was named third-team All-Ohio in Divisions 1-2 as a running back.

Despite the honor as a tailback, most college coaches like him as a defensive back when he reaches the next level. That includes coach Mattison. Douglas' 5-10, 180-pound frame is a good fit for the position, and his 4.4-second speed in the 40-yard dash allows him to run with faster wide receivers.

Whichever college program lands Douglass will be getting a talented player. However, he says a commitment will not be coming any time soon. He hasn't even thought of narrowing down his recruiting process.

Michigan may have a chance to move themselves closer to the top when he visits town in a couple weeks.

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