Sophomore cornerback Moses Douglass has emerged as a prospect to watch, at least in the long term.
The 6-foot-1, 172-pounder from Springfield, Ohio has earned scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Kentucky, Iowa, Iowa State, Rutgers, Syracuse and a few others. He also caught Notre Dame’s attention and jumped at the chance to attend the Irish Invasion earlier this month.
“I had contact with coach (Mike) Elston,” Douglass said. “He said he wanted to see me down there and told me to make it to a camp so I did.”
Douglass, son of former NFL safety Maurice Douglass, thought he performed well in South Bend and hopes the Irish soon add to his offer list.
“Coach (Brian) Kelly said I was a Notre Dame offer guy,” Douglass said. “That was a lot of praise right there. It got me excited so I know it's coming now.”
During the camp, Douglass worked with Irish assistant Todd Lyght and new analyst Jeff Burris.
“They know what they’re talking about,” Douglass said. “Coach Burris told me to use my feet more when I’m jamming.”
Douglass also liked what he saw out of Notre Dame’s campus.
“I liked it,” he said. “It’s all new. They really invest in their campus.”
Douglass previously visited Ohio State and Penn State and considers the Irish and Nittany Lions among his early favorites.
“I like those two,” he said. “I like their campus and how they set it up and treat their players. That’s it so far but I’ll be able to see a couple more schools this next school year.”
The early recruiting attention has its perks but Douglass knows he has a lot of work to do to accomplish his goal.
“It makes me feel great,” he said. “It makes me feel like I'm one of the best in the country.”
He also understands the benefit of having a father with NFL experience at his disposal. Maurice Douglass also serves as his head coach at Springfield High.
“He teaches me stuff that I'm going to end up using at the next level,” Douglass said. “Knowing that stuff I'll be able to know the drills when I get to that level. I won't be confused by anything.”
Douglass hopes to attend a game in South Bend this fall.