2008 Intro: Gary Douglas

DURHAM, N.C. --- Despite sharing reps with Greg Little, North Carolina's All-American signee, Gary Douglas was able to amass 1,886 yards and 17 touchdowns on the ground last season.

"I did a lot better than I thought I would," said Douglas. "I was aiming for a 1,000 yards, but I got 1,800. And I didn't have as many carries as everybody else around here."

Douglas, a 6-foot 185-pounder, carried the ball only 145 carries for a 13-yard average.

"He's a big time player," said Ray Harrison, Durham (N.C.) Hillside's head football coach. "He breaks a lot of tackles, makes long runs. He would have had over 2,000 [yards], but he had quite a few 60-yarders, 50-yarders called back.

"He just turned 16 in January, so he's going to just get bigger, faster, and stronger."

Playing with five Division I-A signees last season provided Douglas a platform to perform in front of college coaches almost every Friday night. Obviously, Douglas took advantage of that opportunity and is reaping the benefits this spring.

"I'm hearing from N.C. State, ECU, Virginia, Michigan, Michigan State, UNC, Cal, Tulsa, and a few others," said Douglas. "I think N.C. State offered me; ECU offered me."

Currently open to all interested schools, Douglas plans to narrow down his list of schools to five by the end of the summer.

Douglas revealed that the college decisions of his five former teammates won't have an effect on his recruitment.

"It depends where I want to go and where I think I'm going to get some playing time," said Douglas.

What will impact his recruitment is the position he's being recruited for.

"I really want to play running back when I go to college," said Douglas. "I like everything about it – it's what I've always played."

Harrison believes that if Douglas stays on track, he will get his wish.

"If he continues to develop – like I said he's still young – if his body develops even more, he's a running back," said Harrison. "He has vision, great footwork. It depends on what program he goes into. If you're looking for a guy that's hardnosed, smart, great footwork, and has good speed."

Douglas has spent a good bit of his spring unofficially visiting the campuses of a few interested schools. He has attended a Duke basketball game, and has dropped by North Carolina, N.C. State, and South Carolina for junior days.

Douglas returned from his Chapel Hill visit Saturday afternoon. After touring the school and watching UNC's practice, Douglas spoke to primary recruiter Kenny Browning.

"It seemed like he was interested in me," said Douglas. "He said that they were a little [behind] in the recruiting process, that's why I don't have an offer or really have been hearing from them.

"I got his number, I text him now and we talk."

Douglas will attend East Carolina's Spring Game in April and visit Virginia before the end of the spring.

While he said he has yet to truly think about summer camps, Douglas figures to camp at North Carolina and N.C. State.

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