Douglas Flips the Switch

Cypress (Calif.) offensive lineman Jamil Douglas is headed to play in the Pac-10, switching his verbal on Friday...

Cypress (Calif.) offensive lineman Jamil Douglas thought his recruitment was done when he committed to Utah during the summer, but the athletic lineman took a visit to Arizona State over the weekend.

A follow up in-home visit by the Sun Devil coaches helped Douglas' mind, and he switched his commitment to Arizona State on Friday.

"Arizona State was somewhere I could picture myself," said Douglas. "I mean I liked Utah, but I just had a better feel for Arizona State."

Douglas talked with coach Matt Lubick and head coach Dennis Erickson on Friday.

"I talked first to Coach Lubick and he was fired up," said Douglas. "Coach Erickson was happy too and he said he can't wait for me to get down there and get acclimated. Coach Erickson and Coach Lubick came in for an in-home on Tuesday."

Douglas told the Utah coaches his decision as well.

"It was the hardest thing I have ever done," said Douglas. "There were no hard feelings, I just had to do what was best for my family."

While Douglas said the opportunity to play in the Pac-10 was something he's happy about, it didn't have a bearing on his decision.

"Playing in the Pac-10 wasn't my main focus and was not really a factor," said Richardson.

Douglas said the closer proximity to home is something his family was thrilled about.

"They're really excited about there, plus I have family out there," said Douglas. "My family was happy with the decision I made. Now they want me to just focus on my grades and have a great senior year."

Douglas said the ASU coaches want him as an offensive tackle and if he comes in at 260, he'll have a chance to play early.


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