Douglas: "I Knew I Was Ready"

Southport (NC) South Brunswick defensive end Malik Douglas wasn't a known name among the state of North Carolina's top rising senior prospects, but NC State knew all about him.

Southport (NC) South Brunswick defensive end Malik Douglas wasn't a known name among the state of North Carolina's top rising senior prospects, but NC State knew all about him.

Running backs coach Des Kitchings, who recruits South Brunswick for the Wolfpack, worked last summer to make sure Douglas attended one of Dave Doeren's football camps where the staff could evaluate him. Douglas was able to do so and left with the coaches extending him a scholarship offer.

"It was all surprising, that first camp," said Douglas. "I went up there to try and get some attention. I never thought I would do as well as I did.

"After I did the workouts and one-on-ones they offered me my first scholarship. I think they must have been impressed when I ran my 40, and I also had a 10-10 broad jump."

Douglas went on to have a terrific individual junior season for South Brunswick, totaling 71 tackles, 16 sacks, and five forced fumbles, earning All-Mideastern Conference honors. However, his team struggled, finishing the year 0-11.

"We had a lot of young players," said Douglas. "We went to a new conference, and it was tough. We had teams like Hoggard and New Hanover, and they are always good.

"We've got a young team so we had to feel our way around. I do feel better though with a new coach coming in, and hopefully I can be more of a leader this year and get everybody what."

Watching Douglas in action, his physical attributes jump out immediately. The 6-foot-4, 225-pounder says he ran a 4.58 40-yard dash (on grass) at NC State's summer camp, and he has an explosive first-step that stood out to the Wolfpack coaches.

"Even at Junior Day they talked about how they need more pass rushers," he said. "That's what I do best... I come off the ball, that's my strength.

"They told me I can go out and get the quarterback. I liked hearing that."

Douglas was sold on the Wolfpack even prior to their Junior Day.

"I went to a couple of games in the fall, and I really liked the atmosphere," he said. "I like how they played. Then when I went back up there they showed me the housing and the campus and it was what I was looking for. Plus, my mom liked it too.

"I knew I was ready to commit. It was the perfect day, and I liked everything they showed me. I think the coaches were surprised because they thought I might take a while, but they said they were happy that I was the first in the class to do it. They seemed fired up about it."

Douglas says that he is on track to qualify academically, in fact he could potentially enroll next January.

"Enrolling early is something we've talked about," he stated. "They've looked at my transcripts and said it's something I could potentially do so I've started to talk to my counselor about it."


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