will play his last season this fall at quarterback and oh what a season it should be. Doucet is just an incredible athlete and may be Louisiana's most exciting high school player since Kevin Faulk. And the Florida Gators have offered."> will play his last season this fall at quarterback and oh what a season it should be. Doucet is just an incredible athlete and may be Louisiana's most exciting high school player since Kevin Faulk. And the Florida Gators have offered.">

UF Offers The Tiger

<B>Early "Tiger" Doucet</B> will play his last season this fall at quarterback and oh what a season it should be. Doucet is just an incredible athlete and may be Louisiana's most exciting high school player since Kevin Faulk. And the Florida Gators have offered.

If you are a fan of Saint Martinville (La.) High School you are one lucky person. You get to see Early Doucet play. He just may be the most exciting high school football player that the Bayou State has produced since Kevin Faulk (from Carencro). Doucet, like Faulk did at Carencro High School, is playing quarterback at the high school level. But Doucet wants to change positions as the next level.

"I want to play wide receiver in college," Doucet said. "I will be done at quarterback and I just feel that will be the best move for me. I played wide receiver as a freshman and I play it sometimes at camps. Plus, playing QB for a few seasons will help me at that position."

Until then, the Saint Martinville fans get to see a Tiger under center. Tiger is Doucet's nickname given to him by his father at a very young age. Doucet, 6-1.5 and 210 pounds, runs in the 4.4 range and this cat is the quickest and most electrifying signal caller in the country outside of the one that resides in Atlanta (Mike Vick).

"My goal is to take what the defense gives me but sometimes things break down and I use my God-given ability. It's funny you say that I remind you of (Kevin) Faulk because a lot of people around here say that. Sometimes I watch myself on film and I say ‘how did I do that.' I guess a lot of what I do is just instincts."

Last season as a junior, Doucet led his team to a 10-2 record. He passed (39/70) for over 600 yards and six touchdowns and rushed for over 1,200 yards and 22 scores.

Recently, I got to watch Doucet's highlight film from his freshman, sophomore and junior seasons. You could see how much of a better quarterback and passer he became with each year. What also jumped out at me was the pure football instincts this kid has. As a quarterback, he really reminds me of watching Anquan Boldin in high school. Doucet is unbelievably quick, has great speed, vision and is one of the most elusive quarterbacks (just like Boldin was in high school) I have ever seen at the high school level. Quite simply, he is almost impossible to bring down in the pocket. Doucet can break tackles, make the defenders miss and has superior vision. It's like he can sense something is going to happen before it happens. In addition to all his athletic ability, Doucet has great size. But the best part of his game is when things break down and his athleticism just take over and he turns into one heck of a running quarterback.

According to Doucet, he has 12 to 13 scholarship offers including some from the big boys of college football – LSU, Miami, Florida, Florida State, Texas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, USC, and Tennessee.

"Right now, I like LSU, Miami, Florida, FSU, USC, Texas and a bunch of others. I am wide open with a ton of schools. I want to narrow it down to five schools at the start of the season and then take my visits this fall.

"I am looking at education first. Then, I am looking at offensive schemes schools run. I am pretty confident I can win a job early because I work hard and I can earn it. I also want to have a great relationship with the players and coaches, especially the players because I will be hanging out with those guys."

In the meantime Doucet will have a fairly busy summer playing AAU basketball. He plays for the same team as Glen "Big Baby" Davis, the Sports Academy in Baton Rouge. For his high school team this past season he averaged 17 points and eight rebounds playing small forward.

Doucet just got back from camping at LSU and later on this month he will camp at Miami. "Man I have improved my passing a lot. I have camped with LSU since the 8th grade and I would just throw the ball in the dirt back then. I couldn't believe how well I was throwing the ball there. I also learned a lot about reading coverages, making decisions and so forth. We have a young team this season and I have to be a leader and show the younger guys how to do everything."

If Doucet makes the same kind of progression he has made between all of his high school seasons then Saint Martinville should be just fine this season. This Tiger just gets better and better.


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