WR's Plan Worked

Even though Saint Martinville, La. standout quarterback/wide receiver Early Doucet was offered a scholarship by the University of Miami when UM coach Curtis Johnson visited his school in May, the talented receiver wasn't satisfied.

"I've always liked Miami growing up and stuff," Doucet said. "Even though they offered me in May and everything, I wasn't sure how much they had seen of me. I mean, my highlight tape is pretty much me making a bunch of plays at quarterback. They offered me as a wide receiver so I wanted to go down there and show them how good of a receiver I really am. I wanted to show them that I can catch the ball, run routes, and make plays at that position."

Mission accomplished.

"It was a great camp experience," he said. "I was given the MVP award for the whole camp and that had me pretty excited. I met some great receivers there like Cameron Colvin, Lavelle Hawkins, and Khalil [Jones]. We all hung out in our rooms together and stuff."

The camp MVP talked about each of the three other receivers.

Colvin -- "He's real good," he said. "He has a really quick first step that gets you almost every time. After that, it's over."

Hawkins -- "He's skinny and really quick," he said. "He gets by on quickness because he can make all the moves and stuff."

Jones -- "He gets you because he's so big, strong, and physical," he said. "Once that guy gets his hands on you, it's over. He wins."

Doucet, who is 6-foot-1 and 208 pounds, ran for 1,300 yards and threw for 600 as a junior. He's ready to make the switch to receiver in college.

"I've decided that my best option is to play receiver," he said. "I really want to make it to the next level and this should help me out."

The talented receiver, who is a full academic qualifier after scoring an 18 on the ACT, already has over a dozen scholarship offers.

"I have about 15 or so," he said. "I haven't really started thinking about them yet. I'm going to sit down and pick out five schools at the start of the season. Those will be the ones I'll focus on and visit."

Doucet said the Hurricanes will most likely be one of those five schools.

"Like I said, I've always been liking Miami," he said. "The thing about them is the competition. There's always going to be battles going on. There's always someone trying to take your spot and that keeps you playing your best. That's what it's gonna take to make it to the League."

Many people believe Doucet is an early lean to LSU. That's not true, according to the talented wideout.

"A lot of people think I'm a lock to go there and I don't understand why," he said. "I mean, I've gone by there and stuff but leaving home is definitely not a problem. It's all about being comfortable. Look at [Vegas Franklin], he felt most comfortable at Miami and that's where he signed."

Doucet, who also plays basketball and runs track (10.9 100m, 200m, and 4x1), met with UM coach Larry Coker following the camp.

"We were in his office and he was real nice," he said. "You'd think he'd be real serious and stuff but he's always in there joking around and having fun. It was cool seeing him like that."

When asked about some top defensive backs that were at the camp, Doucet talked about one in particular.

"Khalil's boy [Trevor Ford] was nice," he said. "He was only out there for one day and I could tell. He was trying to stick me and he could run with anyone. We went up against each other like four or five times and we both got each other once or twice. That's the competition I like to see."

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