Cornerback, 5-foot-11, 180-pounds
Avon H.S. (Avon, Ohio)
National Rank: Three-star prospect, No. 55 CB Overall
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His Recruiting Story
Avon (Ohio) High cornerback Ross Douglas was a one-time Penn State, but last July he switched his commitment to the Michigan in the aftermath of the five year probation and a four-year bowl ban levied against the Nittany Lions due to the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
“Just with everything that’s happened there, me and my family decided it wasn’t the best situation for me personally. So we just decided to make a switch,” said Douglas.
Making the switch to the Maize & Blue was an easy decision for Douglas, who was already familiar with the Michigan coaching staff and knew several local UM commits from Ohio.
“It’s just everything about it,” Douglas said. “I have friends committed there that I have known for a long time. I just felt very comfortable with the coaching staff and I feel like I can have a great career there.”
Douglas, who is an early enrollee, had a outstanding senior season for Avon, leading the Eagles to a 11-2 record and quarterfinal playoff run. He excelled as both a running back and cornerback at Avon during his senior campaign.
“It went well, I was first-team Ohio, first-team All-Conference, first-team All-District, first-team All-County,” Douglas said on his senior season accomplishments. “So it was good for me. My team made it to the third round of the playoffs. So we did good.”
Last month, Douglass took his talents out to Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl in Los Angeles, California to compete agonist some of the nation’s best prospects.
Here is what Scout.com northeast recruiting analyst Brian Dohn had say about his performance.
“He’s best when he jamming a guy at the line of scrimmage and trying to slow them that way. As opposed too, just trying to pick up a guy being eight to 10 yards back off the coverage. …I just think he needs to work on his burst a little bit more. And, he needs to loosen his hips a little bit more to be an every down corner. His development might have a little more distance to cover than other kids will.”
Douglas played predominantly running back in high school and will have to adjust to be a college corner. He might be more of a project, but is definitely athletic enough to play on the island in college. Being an early enrollee will only benefit his game and should help him develop faster. Once the strength and conditioning program gets a hold of him, he could turn into a nice football player for Michigan. It remains to be seen whether he will redshirt or not. Either way, Douglass admits he still has plenty of room of improvement to be made on the defensive side of the ball.
“I think I’m a complete corner,” Douglas said. “Obviously, I’m not where I should be as a corner yet because I really haven’t played the position yet. But I think with work and everything the sky is the limit for me as a corner. I trust in coach (Curt) Mallory to get me where I need to be.”