August 6, 2008
Douglas up to seven offers
Weston (Fla.) Cypress Bay all-purpose back Jason Douglas may be small but he is one of the biggest talents in Florida at the running back position. The 5-foot-6, 175-pounder is up to seven official offers following a busy summer and he is now gearing up for a big senior year.
"I've been busy camping over the summer," Douglas said. "Right now I'm just getting prepared for the season. We're getting our equipment later on this week. I went to the Florida, Florida State, and Miami Camps so I went to basically the big three."
Most recently, Douglas attended the Florida Friday Night Lights Camp as well as the Florida State Showtime camp. His trip to Friday Night Lights was not his first in Gainesville.
"I went to both the Florida camps and I went to Friday Night Lights," he said. "I got to know coach Carter and we keep in touch about once a week. I also went the Florida State Showtime Camp and got to meet the other coach Carter. When I went up there (to Florida) the first time for the regular summer camp, I was amazed at the stadium and by Coach Meyer."
Douglas claims that he is wide open to date with his recruitment but he is gaining more options regularly.
"First I had three offers and then I picked up four more," he said. "I picked up Central Michigan, Northern Illinois, Vanderbilt and Kansas State. I'm not going to make any decisions any time soon because a few schools want to see my first three games."
Among the schools that have shown interest but are waiting on further evaluations are South Carolina, Tennessee, Florida and Penn State.
"Coach Gillispie from South Carolina, he wants to see my first three games," he said. "Coach Meyer at Florida, he wants to see what the other running backs they offer want to do."
Because of his speed and shiftiness, Douglas' talents extend beyond the running back position. He also is a threat on special teams and out of the slot. Consequently different schools have different plans for him.
"Kansas State wants me as a specialist and return man," he said. "Central Michigan's coach, he's seen me play receiver before so I'm not sure where he's standing on that. He's always talking about running back with me but I'm guessing they're going to want me in the slot. NIU wants me as a running back, they're saying you can be the next Garrett Wolfe."
Because Douglas is confident in his abilities, he knows that more offers will be coming his way. For that reason, he is in no rush to make a decision.
"Really I'm still waiting because I know I'm going to get some more offers once the season starts," he said.
The season will be an exciting one at Cypress Bay, particularly a trip to Katy, Texas to play Katy High School, one of the top programs in the nation in 2007.
"I can't wait," he said. "We're getting ready. We're going to Texas to play Katy High School on Oct. 4. That's going to be on ESPNU. We're working real hard about that. We're motivated to win every game. We're just taking it one game at a time but that's a big game. I know that in Texas, they can rival Florida in terms of fans and attendance and I know that Katy has season ticket holders and as far as attendance I know that they've already sold out one side of the field."
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