Eric Douglas has to be pleased with how camps have gone this June. He has three offers from three respected programs and a lot more schools could be following the lead of those leading the way.
NC State is the only offer from a North Carolina school. Both of South Carolina’s top programs have offered. Douglas has camped at Clemson, South Carolina and NC State and his camp performances at those places were enough to land offers from all three. He camped at North Carolina and Penn State and does not have offers from those two yet.
Douglas will tell you that he thinks his best camps were NC State, South Carolina and Clemson. The coaches at those places were pleased with what they saw. He said the coaches liked what he offers as a 6-5, 280 pound lineman but they also said a lot of nice things about his character and personality. Douglas is being recruited as an offensive lineman with enough of an array of talent to play either tackle or guard.
“Pass pro is probably my strength. I probably need to work on my run blocking a little bit now,” Douglas said.
For many players that young the reverse is true. It is a little surprising that Douglas is more advanced in pass protection with his size also being a major asset. That he moves as well as he does surprises some coaches that are not expecting a player his size to be so athletic. His length also helps.
Douglas is going to try to visit Georgia, Florida and Auburn this summer so while he has mostly been exposed to schools in the Atlantic Coast Conference so far several SEC schools will have a chance to impress him soon.
Because Douglas has been to NC State he feels certain that he has some interest.
“I went for their Junior Day and it was nice. One of the things I liked was the facilities and I liked the campus too. The new dorms, the weight room and the field were all nice. We had someone there from Mallard Creek. Jaylen Samuels was there. We talk here and there but I really know the receiver commit they had from this year, Vernon Grier.”
Grier has not tried to push Douglas or teammate T.J. Moore towards NC State.
“We just know he loves the opportunity they’ve presented to him. He loves the campus. It’s a real good campus. He likes the football and the academics are excellent.”
Eddie Faulkner is getting to know Douglas, Moore and the others in Mallard Creek’s 2017 graduating class. Last year the only two ACC players the school produced were Grier and Amari Henderson who chose Wake Forest. The 2016 and 2017 classes at the school should both produce more than that.