2011 Intro: Doug Middleton

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. --- Doug Middleton has been a ball-hawking safety for Parkland High School since his freshman season. However, on the collegiate level, he'll likely be moved to cornerback.

"A lot of schools want that big, physical cornerback," Parkland head football coach D'Angelo Bell said. "He has the speed, ball skills, and size to be that."

Middleton is being pursued by Clemson, Duke, East Carolina, Illinois, North Carolina, South Carolina, UCLA, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, and Wisconsin. The 6-foot, 180-pounder is awaiting his first scholarship offer, but a couple schools appear close.

"South Carolina, I'm feeling they're going to pull the trigger soon," Bell said. "The guy that recruits this area says the DB coach likes [Middleton]. The DB coach wants to see him run, so he really wants him to come down to the camp."

Middleton hasn't begun to think about his summer camping schedule. But he expects to accept South Carolina's invite.

Last fall, Middleton attended a couple of games at Duke and South Carolina. He recently returned to Columbia for the Gamecocks' Junior Day.

This Saturday, Middleton will attend UNC's Junior Day. He's also in the process of scheduling trips to Clemson and Duke.

"I'm just visiting everybody and seeing where it goes," said Middleton, who doesn't claim any favorite schools.

In Parkland's ‘50' defense, Middleton plays a "center fielder" style free safety.

"He can play the man, but we play him mostly at safety," Bell said. "He just stays back there. He'll probably move to corner in college. But at this level, he'll move sideline-to-sideline to pick off passes.

"He's a sure tackler too. If we need to we'll run him up there close to the ball to make some plays."

Last season, Middleton picked off two passes and had five pass breakups in six games. He also had 31 tackles. He had six interceptions and 45 tackles as a sophomore.

Middletown returned punts last season and will be in the wide receiver rotations this coming season.

"We want to use that talent and that speed," Bell said. "He has great hands."

Middleton had a minor injury that forced him to miss five games during his junior season.

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