Texas All-State Tackle to visit Moscow

Idaho already has a verbal commitment from one offensive lineman, and will be looking to add at least one more this recruiting season as they welcome Texas Class 5A AP All-State Honorable Mention and Texas Top 300 (all positions) selection CHASE DOUGLASS (6-6, 275) to Moscow this weekend. Douglass was a two-time All-District honoree and anchored a line ranked No.1 in Texas 5A going into 2008.

Last summer when Dave Campbell's Football Magazine was released, the name of Marcus High School offensive tackle Chase Douglass (6-6, 275) was listed among the Texas Top 300 prospects on the preseason listing. A dominant lineman, he finished the season as an AP All-State Class 5A Honorable Mention selection on an exceptionally talented Marauder offensive line – a line considered by 5ATexasFootball.com as "one of the best in the state." The publication went on to rank the Marcus offensive line No. 1 in Texas Class 5A.

Douglass was joined on the line by college prospects Ty Cloud and Cameron Hickey, and the three paved the way for an offense that pounded out 2600 yards rushing and 1400 yards through the air, and punched in 41 touchdowns on the season.

In addition to being named to the 2008 All State team, he was also voted to the 6-5A All-District First Team for the second year in a row. Both of Marcus' starting tackles were named to the All-District Team, and a total of eight Marcus players were named to the team, including runningback Stephen Hopkins who was named District MVP.

Marcus went 9-4 in 2007 (tied for second in the District), and this year went 5-5 and again tied for second.


The sought-after lineman has a diverse list of offers to choose between for his college selection. "Right now I have four offers," Douglass told Scout.com. "I have offers to Idaho, Western Kentucky, Air Force Academy, and Stephen F. Austin. They're all recruiting me for offensive tackle."

Douglass will be making an official visit this weekend as he heads north to the Moscow campus of the University of Idaho. He visited Western Kentucky on Dec 13, and has also visited Air Force (earlier this month) and SFAU.

Coach Al Genatone is leading the recruiting effort for Idaho, and this will be the first trip ever to the Gem State for Douglass. "I haven't [been to Idaho before]," Douglass told Scout.com. "So my visit on Friday is going to be really interesting."

"Coach Genatone was really polite and did everything he could to answer our questions and describe the University of Idaho to us," Douglass said of an in-home visit he had with Coach Genatone and Idaho head coach Robb Akey. "He [Coach Akey] seemed like a really nice guy and was really enthused about the program, and he was wanting to stay there and help rebuild it."


As a freshman Douglass plans to redshirt wherever he chooses to play next year, except at the Air Force Academy. "They only allow four years and you play all four years, either on the JV team or on the varsity team."

As far as a major in college, he is open to several options. "I was leaning towards maybe getting a major in something involving business or computers," Douglass said. "I'm just going to college and seeing what I'm good at up there…what I like." A solid student, Douglass was a preseason All-Academic First Team selection by Dan Campbell's Texas Football publication.




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