Local RB Closing in on Wolfpack Offer?

Gary Douglas is one of the state's top returning running backs, and NC State is showing heavy interest. We've got the latest on his interest in the Pack.

Hillside High School in Durham, NC produced one of the nation's most highly rated prospects in the class of 2007 with WR Greg Little. NC State has targeted one of that program's top players for the class of 2008 and is off to a solid start after hosting RB Gary Douglas for their recent junior day.

At 6-0, 165 pounds Douglas was a major weapon for the Hornets last season- tallying 1,886 yards rushing and 13 touchdowns while helping propel his team to an impressive 10-3 record. While some have pegged Douglas as a defensive back, he recently told Pack Pride that he is currently being recruited as a running back.

Among the teams showing early interest in the rising senior include NC State, East Carolina, Duke, South Carolina, Virginia, Florida and Wake Forest. The Wolfpack, in particular, has shown Douglas heavy attention and he came away impressed after his recent unofficial visit to NC State.

"I went over there for junior day," said Douglas. "I was talking to coach Swepson (NC State running back's coach Jason Swepson) and he just came out of the blue and told me, ‘you know we're going to offer you, right?'

"We got to tour the facilities and the campus and it was really nice. The coaches were nice. Coach Swepson took me over and I had a chance to speak to coach O'Brien one on one."

Douglas said that Duke and Virginia appeared to be close to offering and he plans to camp with the Cavaliers this summer.

For now, Douglas says he's taking a wait and see approach to see which schools end up extending scholarship offers.

"I really don't have any favorites right now," he said. "I really just want to wait a while to see what comes my way."

Douglas added that an opportunity to come in and contribute early will be a major consideration when choosing a future college.

"I'm really looking for early playing time," said Douglas. "When I get to college, I'd really like to be able to get on the field.

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