December 7, 2010
JUCO OL talks UA visit
Yuma (AZ) Arizona Western College offensive tackle Aaron Douglas, a bounce back transfer who originally signed with the University of Tennessee, is in the midst of a four week run of official visits.
Douglas, who is scheduled to take officials to Arkansas on December 10 and Oregon on December 17, is coming off an official visit to Alabama a few weeks ago.
"To be honest, it was more than I expected really," Douglas said. "Everything was real professional. I liked everything about the visit. Getting to talk to Coach (Nick) Saban, all of the offensive coaches like Coach (Joe) Pendry and Coach Mac (Jim McElwain). It was just a great experience going to a place like Alabama that has as much tradition as they do."
In an ironic reversal of roles, Douglas was hosted by freshman tight end Brian Vogler.
"I actually met him when he visited Tennessee as a recruit," Douglas said.
Douglas and teammate Jesse Williams, an Alabama commitment, were visited on Monday in Yuma by Saban and McElwain, the pair's recruiter of record for the Tide.
"It went well. Every time Coach Saban and I talk, we have a good time. Just talking with a guy of his stature and with his experience, it's always humbling to talk to someone like that."
With Alabama heavily in the mix for his services, Douglas admits it's a little strange to envision the prospect of facing his former team.
"Definitely I've thought about if that would be the correct thing to do. It's something I'm really thinking about. But I have to figure out what's best for me. My past is my past. From here on out, it's all about my future. I have to find what the best fit is for me to contribute. That's the main thing I'm thinking about with my decision."
Douglas also took an official visit to Southern Cal for the Notre Dame game on November 27 and is familiar with members of the Trojan staff having played for Lane Kiffin at Tennessee.
"With Coach (James) Cregg and Coach Kiffin, I know what they bring to the table. I was a Freshman All-American under their staff at Tennessee, so they showed me a lot. I definitely have a good connection with them.
"I'm still taking my visits, so there's not a particular order. I have a couple of visits left, so I'm going to see what those schools have to offer. Like I told the coaches today, I'm going to wait until I take the rest of my visits and go back home and talk everything over with my family and then I'm going to make my final decision. It's going to be my decision, but I just want to have a last word with my parents. It's going to come down to the wire. It's something I really have to think about. Everything is so close. I should have my mind made up a few days after the Oregon visit."
Douglas plans to enroll at his school of choice in January and has two years to play two.
At Arizona Western, Douglas helped pave the way for the top rushing attack in junior college football. He began the season at right tackle before switching to left tackle midseason.
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