Sr. Ath. Dominique Douglas: MI's Top Sleeper?

It was a great run for senior wide receiver/safety Dominique Douglas, but the 6'1, 185-pound senior from Detroit Murray-Wright wasn't able to accomplish his goal of winning a state title as Rochester Adams knocked out the Pilots in their regional final game on Friday night. Now Douglas, one of the state's top ‘sleeper prospects', is hoping to get the opportunity play and win at the next level. GBW correspondent Paul Wezner of scouted Douglas at his final high school game.

Coming into Friday's game, everyone knew Dominique Douglas wasn't just one of the best players on the field on Friday night, but rather one of the best players in the entire state of Michigan, after a breakout senior season has launched him up the rankings of the best in the state.

The only problem for Douglas and his Murray-Wright teammates: Rochester Adams knew it too.

It was clear from the get-go that Adams was going to make sure that if they got beat, it wasn't going to be on the back of Douglas, who found himself facing constant double and sometimes triple-teams.

When asked for comment about Douglas and Adams' defensive strategy, a defensive assistant remarked, "Oh, we made sure we knew where he was at ALL times."

The Murray-Wright coaches tried their best to come up with ways to get the ball into their playmaker's hands, moving him from wideout to quarterback, using him on reverses, screens, option plays, and everything else under the sun. Douglas was involved on the team's lone touchdown of the evening, throwing for a touchdown Brad Parker on a wide receiver pass.

But in the end it wasn't nearly enough, as the undersized but attacking Adams team overwhelmed the Pilots in their 45-7 rout.

Murray-Wright coach Andre Harlan though wouldn't take anything away from his star. Despite the loss, Harlan was emphatic in his praise of Douglas, both on and off the field.

"He's a special player, he just does everything well," stated the Pilots' coach, continuing, "He can catch, he can run, he can block, he can tackle, he's just the complete package."

As far as his off the field credentials, besides being a good guy and someone that refers to everyone as ‘sir', Douglas has made sure to take care of business in the classroom as well in preparation for the next level, carrying a 2.8 GPA with a 23 on his ACT.

Prior to his breakout year, Douglas had been mainly receiving attention from MAC-level schools, receiving offers from Bowling Green, Cincinnati, and Eastern Michigan. But now, many Big Ten schools have come calling, looking to get involved late in the game for the 6' 1", 185 pounder's services.

"Lately I've been hearing from Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan State, plus Michigan" said Douglas.

As for what he's looking for in a school at the next level, "I'm not trying to go too far, I just want to go somewhere that fits me, and somewhere that I can win."

Douglas was on the field for virtually every play for Murray-Wright, but at the next level, he'll obviously be moved to one spot. "A lot of schools have been looking at me at safety, but I'll play receiver too, really wherever the coaches want me to play is cool, I just want to play football."

Douglas is being recruited by Michigan wide receivers coach Erik Campbell, who he's been hearing from more and more recently. "I love Coach Campbell, he's a good guy. We've been talking a lot lately about getting me up to see a game this year. Right now I'm looking at taking my official the second or third weekend of December, but nothing is set yet."

Douglas, who will also likely take official visits to Bowling Green and Ohio State, is still being coy on a leader. When asked about a favorite, Douglas stated defiantly, "I'm not ready to give that up just yet."

Whether Douglas ends up with a Michigan offer is still up in the air (Ed. Note: this weekend's official visits of Greg Mathews and Percy Harvin may go a long way in settling things in this regard). But whichever team ends up getting Douglas to sign on their dotted line, they'll be assured of getting not only an excellent player on the field, but an excellent student and person off it.

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