WR Will See UM This Week

At 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds, St. Martinville, La. standout wide receiver Early Doucet is finally healthy again and can't wait to start the playoffs this week.

"I had the hamstring bothering me most of the season," Doucet said. "Now I'm straight. I'm ready to go and I can't wait. Our coaches have been putting me all over the field on offense so that defenses can't focus too much on me. I'll play wherever my team needs me in order to win. That's what it's all about to me."

Doucet, a full academic qualifier, will then use the next few months after football season to work on his skills as a receiver before running track in the spring.

"I'm not in the shape I need to be in as a receiver," he said. "I'm going to focus completely on that after the season since that's where I'll play in college. I'm gonna work a lot on route-running, reading defenses, catching balls. I'll probably go out and watch 100 balls a day just to work on my hands. I know when I leave here, it's only gonna get tougher so I need to be ready."

The talented receiver will also use the extra time to take some official visits, as he tries to narrow down his list of favorites.

"I've already been on official visits to Florida State and Oklahoma," he said. "I've been to LSU for some games but they weren't official visits. I'm actually going to Miami this weekend for the Syracuse game but it'll be an unofficial visit. I'm going on my own."

Doucet said he's very excited to watch the Hurricanes in person on Saturday.

"When I was there for camp, I met some of the guys and just really liked it," he said. "When I take my official visit there on December 12th, they'll be practicing. I wanna see them play and that's why I'm going this week."

Doucet hopes to have all of his official visits done by Christmas.

"I'm going to Florida on the 29th for when they play Florida State," he said. "That should be pretty crazy there. Miami's on the 12th and then LSU is after that."

The talented receiver prospect compared his first two visits.

"I'll admit, I liked them both," he said. "The biggest difference was that everyone seemed more hyped at Oklahoma than at Florida State. The whole experience there was just a little better. I'd say Oklahoma is higher (on my list) right now. That's all I know. That's why I can't wait to visit Miami and Florida."

Doucet said until he takes those visits, he won't be able to name a favorite.

"They're all big time," he said. "I really liked Oklahoma, though. They return 10 guys on offense and nine on defense. They're the best team this year and will probably be the best team again next year. All they do is win. I'd love to be a part of that."

Doucet then talked about some other programs on his list, including Miami.

"LSU is having a great year," he said. "Their defense is playing great and it's keeping them near the top. I've been there, I know what it's like. It's close to home but that won't really matter. Clayton and Henderson are older guys and they have two really good young receivers with Dwayne Bowe and Amp Hill. I could see myself going in and competing with them.

"Miami, they're struggling a little on offense right now. Their quarterback has really hurt them lately. They could use some receivers too so I like that part. I think I can go in there and help them. They're Miami, they'll still get a lot of the best players and they'll be back on track. I cant wait to see them this week."

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