WR Excited About Visit

Washington (D.C.) Gonzaga standout wide receiver/free safety Doug Dutch has helped his team reach the state championship game, which will be played this Friday.

"We got Dematha (Catholic) on Friday for the title," he said. "I can't wait. One of the top receivers in the state of Maryland is Derrick McPherson and I can't wait to get a chance to go against him."

The talented receiver has been a huge help for the team's backup quarterback, who is playing because of an injury to the starter early in the season, this year.

"I haven't had as many opportunities for big plays but I've been doing a little something," he said. "I got 20 catches for like 310 yards and seven touchdowns. On defense, I got 40 tackles and five picks and I took two of them back. When I'm returning punts and kicks, the teams never kick it to me."

Dutch, a full academic qualifier, said he'll start hitting the weights after the season.

"Over the summer when I was lifting every day, I had my bench up to 320," he said. "Since football season started, I really haven't lifted any. I'm gonna get back in there and start getting bigger and stronger again for college."

The talented receiver will then begin getting ready for track season, which begins in March.

"I'm gonna do the one (hundred), two (hundred), and four (hundred)," he said. "You know, when I was a sophomore I finished in the top five in the country in the 400. I ran a 46-flat. Last year I did a 47.7 but that's because I was bigger. I need to get that type of speed back. I did a 10.5 in the 100 and I want to get that down too."

Those times make Dutch one of the nation's fastest recruits. He talked about some of the others, who he had a chance to run against at the Florida camp.

"When we ran the 40 down there, I wanted to do a little better," he said. "I ran a 4.41. Xavier Carter did a 4.39 and Lance (Leggett) did a 4.38. It was weird though because we went when they said go instead of starting on our own."

In the meantime, Dutch is also one of the nation's most heavily recruited wide receiver prospects. He has several visits scheduled.

"I'm going to UVA on the 28th," he said. "The week after, I'll be in Miami. The week after that, I'll be in Michigan. Then I'm taking an unofficial visit to Maryland. Then on December 28, I'm going to the All-American game in Texas. On January 9, I'll be at Florida, and on the 23rd I'll be at Pittsburgh."

Dutch said he's been unable to watch the Hurricanes in recent weeks but knows they've been struggling offensively.

"Their quarterback is struggling and that's hurting them," he said. "Miami always has good receivers and that's something I like about them. Plus, Kyle Wright should be starting next year and he's really good."

Although the standout receiver declined to mention a favorite, he did have something interesting to say when discussing the All-American game.

"The quarterbacks will be Anthony Morelli and Chad Henne from Pennsylvania," he said. "Morelli is committed to Pittsburgh and Henne is going to Michigan. I can't wait for that. It could be a preview of the next four years with Henne throwing me the ball."

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