Prospect Report: Big John Looking To Future

Auburn football commitment John Douglas talks about his senior season and gives his thoughts on being a Tiger.

Augusta, Ga.--His senior season hasn't been kind to him on the field, but that hasn't kept down big fullback John Douglas from Aquinas. A powerful player on both sides of the ball, Douglas says that he's just trying to finish strong now after a 1-7 start and set an example for the future of football at his high school.

"We should have won the first two or three (games) and then we got in region play and that's tough," Douglas says. "We couldn't get a win. We finally got one last week so we're 1-7, which isn't good at all. I'm a winner and I want to win.

"It hasn't been any fun the last few weeks, but I have mainly been concerned with the younger kids on the team. I have been on teams that won the past few years. I have been concerned with them not knowing that you're supposed to win every game. It's just frustrating."

While the team hasn't performed up to expectations Douglas has more than done his part even though he's worn many hats for the Irish. Starting the season he was the tailback for Aquinas and put up back-to-back 100-yard games in losing efforts.

He was then moved to his natural position of fullback where he's been ever since. He's still managed to rush for close to 300 yards on 60 carries with five touchdowns. He has also added close to 60 tackles on defense from his end position.

Douglas runs the 40-yard dash at one of Auburn's summer camps. The big fullback ran a 4.73 40 and had a very impressive 4.49 short shuttle time. He also registered a 30-inch vertical leap.

As a junior Douglas played exclusively fullback on offense and carried the ball 38 times for 187 yards and four touchdowns. He also caught four passes for 17 yards. Defensively, Douglas made 64 tackles and was tied for the team lead in sacks with four and second with 12 tackles for a loss.

With numbers like those and with a standout performance at Auburn's summer camp when he caught everything in sight and ran very well for a back that checks in at 6-2 and nearly 230 pounds, it's no surprise that Douglas got an offer from the Tigers that fateful day. He says that the decision to choose the Tigers early has been a blessing for him this season.

"It makes it a lot easier," Douglas says. "I have a buddy on my team that is trying to get his name out there and us having a bad season isn't helping him much. It makes it a lot easier already having done that. Coach (Greg) Knox came to one of my games to support me instead of evaluate me. I thought that was pretty cool. It has been a big relief to get that out of the way and not have to worry about it."

Already an Auburn Tiger although he doesn't officially sign until February, Douglas says that he likes what he sees out of his future team to this point. On campus for victories over Washington State, LSU and Florida, Douglas says that he's anxious to put on the orange and blue next year and get on the field.

"Other than the letdown against Arkansas you couldn't really get much better than this year," Douglas says. "I like the style of play and I like how Coach (Tommy) Tuberville says a win is a win. He's not trying to impress anybody. He just wants to get that win. I think that's pretty cool."

A physical player who could be the answer at fullback in 2008 when Carl Stewart is gone, Douglas says that watching guys like Brad Lester and Ben Tate run as well as thinking about Enrique Davis in the backfield as well makes for some good dreams about what could be down the road for the Auburn running game.

"They'll make me look good or I'll make them look good, however you want to look at it," Douglas says. "If they do good I'll do good. It's awesome to have those kinds of athletes to block for."

Just like fellow commitment and friend Bailey Woods, Douglas isn't content with Auburn's class as it stands now. Both are working to make the class even stronger and Douglas says that's just something that goes along with the territory at a winning program like Auburn.

"I like doing all that stuff and talking with them at games," Douglas says of potential recruits. "Talking about who we need to get is pretty cool. It's a dream for all of us to be able to pull those guys in with us. It's fun. I like seeing the guys that are not commitments at games and going up and trying to put Auburn on top of everybody else."


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