Focus 07: Douglas Beaumont

Louisville Male Traditional High School all-purpose back Douglas Beaumont, who was described as "Mike Bush in a smaller frame," by Bulldog head Bob Redman, is already receiving interest from a number of major Division I programs

For those that follow Louisville area high school football, the name Douglas Beaumont is a familiar one. The Louisville Male Traditional High School prospect has been an impact player from the day that he first stepped on the field as a freshman.

Despite his 5-foot-9, 175-pound frame, Beaumont has done everything during three years of prep football. He's lined up in the backfield, where he has totaled 1,984 yards and 45 touchdowns. He has also hauled in 150 catches for 2,251 and 14 touchdowns over the past three seasons and has proven to be just as effective in the defensive backfield and is always a threat to return a kick or punt for a score.

His versatility, coupled with a strong work ethic, was the reason for Male head coach Bob Redman to describe Beaumont as "Mike Bush in a smaller frame."

And, just as Bush received All-State votes for his play at numerous positions, so has Beaumont. Following his junior year, which saw him rush for 1,169 yards 28 touchdowns and have 54 receptions for 881 yards an additional seven scores, Beaumont received all-state votes for his play at running back, receiver and defensive back.

"Even though I don't have the size that Michael has, I play all over the football field like Michael did when he was at Male," said Beaumont. "It's my determination to want to be ready to play and focus on what I am supposed to do. If I just focus on what I'm doing then I don't think about getting tired and I'm always working hard to stay in shape."

While some may shy away from one of the frontrunner's for the 2006 Mr. Football award because of his size, many others, including both in-state programs have already expressed interest.

"I've been getting a lot of letters from some pretty good Division I schools," said Beaumont, who is still awaiting that first scholarship offer. "I've been hearing from Notre Dame, Louisville, Kentucky, Tennessee, LSU, Michigan and some others."

Beaumont credits his success to his constant preparation.

"I really don't think my size matters," he said. "I think it's more about the heart and determination to work hard. I can do whatever I want as long as I strive and work hard."

While what position he's best suited for in college is still to be determined, Redman believes that his brightest future may be at the receiver position.

"He's capable of playing several different positions in college, but I think his best game is probably on offense," said the Male High head coach. "He has an unbelievable vertical – he plays like a 6-foot-4 type of guy. His hands are second to none and he's extremely durable. He's fearless and isn't afraid to take the big hit. I think that he'll probably be a wide receiver on the Division I level. He plays a lot bigger than his body would indicate. He's going to be one of those Deion Branch type of guys – he'll make a circus catch more just every now and then."

Also an All-State performer on the hardwood, Beaumont is currently averaging 18 points a game for an 8-1 Bulldog team.

An upcoming issue of Inside The Ville magazine will take a more in-depth look at Beaumont, as well as fellow teammate, offensive lineman Sam Webb and other national junior prospects already on the Louisville recruiting radar. Subscribe today to make sure you reserve your copy.

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