CHARLOTTE, N.C. --- Who protected Mallard Creek’s blindside as a first year, sophomore starter? Eric Douglas, a 6-foot-5, 280-pounder whose camp plans include North Carolina among his limited camp stops this summer.
“Eric has really come into his own,” Mallard Creek head coach Mike Palmieri said. “We have him at left tackle. He’s a good kid. He’s physical, smart, and he understands what it takes to win. And Eric’s upside is high – he hasn’t even met or even touched the surface of his ability.”
As a sophomore last season, Douglas started at left tackle for Mallard Creek during its march to a second consecutive NCHSAA 4AA title.
“It was very intimidating and strenuous,” Douglas said. “My first game was in Memorial Stadium against Charlotte Christian. But, I believe our D-line was the best D-line that we faced and that was in practice. After practicing against them during the preseason, that prepared me for the season.”
Douglas is awaiting his first scholarship offers, but he has received plenty of collegiate interest, namely Clemson, Florida, Florida State, North Carolina, NC State, Penn State, South Carolina, and Virginia Tech.
Most schools have asked Douglas to camp this summer, but he’s singled out South Carolina, North Carolina, and Penn State as his lone camp destinations.
“I’m not going to go to a lot of camps, because our summer practices are very strenuous and I don’t want to put too much wear and tear on my body,” Douglas said. “I selected those three, because I feel like those are the three that are pursuing me the hardest. South Carolina’s and Clemson’s camps are on the same day and South Carolina’s is invite only. I’m going to go to the camps, do the best that I can, and hopefully leave with ‘some groceries.’”
By “groceries” he means scholarship offers.
Although early, and offers will change his landscape, Douglas has already assembled a top five schools list consisting of Clemson, UNC, Penn State, South Carolina, and Virginia Tech.
“I like Penn State and Virginia Tech, because I have roots in Baltimore,” Douglas said.
“I like Carolina, because after seeing Gunter Brewer all the time and getting to know him. And going to the games, they are very intense. I always like Carolina, since I was a boy.
“With South Carolina and Clemson, Coach Elliott and Coach [Danny] Pearman, they’ve been talking to me a lot and I like hearing from them.”
As he alluded to, Douglas has made a handful of trips to UNC – more than any other school. He has also visited Clemson, NC State, South Carolina, and Virginia Tech.
Douglas grew up a UNC fan, primarily because fellow Charlotte native Hakeem Nicks played there and Douglas’s godfather was a staff member… Douglas’s father played football at South Carolina State and is fraternity brothers with Brian Walker’s father... Douglas plans to major in broadcast journalism in college.
2017 Target: Eric Douglas
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