Fullback Looking for Fulfilling Visit

Auburn's top fullback target talks about his upcoming visit to the Plains.

Augusta, Ga.--Normally official visits during the month of January are used by prospects to help them sort out their feelings on schools and to help them made an educated decision on their college choices. This weekend that won't be the concern for Auburn commitment John Douglas.

A public verbal commitment since early in the summer when he gave a pledge following a camp on the Auburn campus, the 6-2, 235 Douglas will use his weekend visit to get a head start on life at Auburn. Planning to see and experience as much as possible in two days, Douglas says that most of all he's ready to meet up with many of his future teammates.

"I can't wait to get up there and meet everybody," Douglas tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I'm ready to see all of the commitments and maybe hang out with some of the players. I want to get a feel for everything and the life up there.

"It should be a lot of fun," he adds "I'm glad I already know some of them. That should make it a lot easier. I want to meet all of the new guys. It should be a lot of fun. I can't wait."

Douglas runs during a visit for an Auburn summer camp.

Already friends with commitments Bailey Woods and Chaz Ramsey, both of whom will also be on the Auburn campus this weekend, Douglas says that the group is anxious to work on undecided prospects such as Lee Ziemba, Michael McNeil and Brandon Gibson. Douglas says that while they will talk up Auburn this weekend it won't be a pressure situation because they want the guys to have fun and enjoy the experience.

"You don't want to try be all over the guys recruiting them," Douglas says. "You want to be cool with them and be a regular guy. You just want to make them feel comfortable, I guess."

Playing tailback early in his senior season before moving to fullback and defensive end for the remainder of the year, Douglas says his 2006 season was a difficult one to swallow as Aquinas finished just 2-8 on the year. Despite that he says that working to better himself was a goal that he feels like he achieved as a senior.

"I think I improved a lot," he says. "That starts with the basics. I tried to just work on basic stuff as a senior and tried to get faster and stronger. That helped because I made it to the All-Star game in Georgia a few weeks ago."

Playing in the Georgia North-South game in Columbus, Douglas earned plenty of playing time at fullback and he says the game gave him a feel for what life is going to be like from now on playing football.

"That was a big deal for me," Douglas says. "It made me a better player and more confident. It was a good experience for me to get in there and play with all of those good players. It gave me more the kind of speed of the game because it was a lot faster than a regular high school game. I learned a lot from that.

"It was pretty eye-opening," he adds. "There were some big boys out there. It was good for me because on a 2-8 team plays aren't really going to develop correctly. With all of the good players we had and all of the good players on defense it was good to see how everything works out and how everybody does their thing. It was nice that when you're going to make a block that one guy is there to block and there's not five guys waiting for you."

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