Eric Douglas' stock continues to rise. The 2017 offensive tackle from Charlotte (N.C.) Mallard Creek High School added a Florida offer on Tuesday afternoon, and it was an offer that had a significant impact.
"It was amazing," said the three-star offensive lineman. "I've always talked about them. They were one my top schools, even though they hadn't offered because we had a player that played there."
"He played for Florida and watching him play in a championship every year, playing in the SEC Championship, that was amazing. Now getting an offer turns the table."
"Them (Florida) and Clemson lead right now," he said. "[Gators Head] Coach McElwain is a first year coach and he gets them to the SEC championship, so that already catches your eye. They also have a great support system. They are going to be very competitive in the coming years."
The Tigers have also cemented itself as a leader.
"When I went there for a visit for the Florida State game, they showed me a bunch of love. The coaching staff, one of the GAs told me that they talked about me everyday, and thats awesome," he said. "That game they were undefeated and they beat Florida State. Then after the game they went into the locker room and I stayed a little bit longer. It was awesome. So the family atmosphere and how well they are doing is why they are high on my list."
"I might also visit Oklahoma for their spring game, but we have to see where that goes."
Although playing football is his dream, on these trips he is making sure he finds a program that helps achieve another one of his goals.
"I want to go into journalism," he said. "I want to be on ESPN after my playing days I'm over. One day I can start my own show. I want to be on ESPN pretty much my whole life. I want to talk about sports, because thats what I know and I like to hold conversations with people."