Hawk's Take: Jason Douglas

Former Toledo Rocket wide receiver Andrew Hawkins grew up in a family full of Pitt fans and now he will help us analyze the Panthers class of 2009 recruits as the PantherDigest.com's new recruiting analyst.

Name: Jason Douglas

Rating: **

Height: 5'7

Weight: 170

Hometown: Weston, Fla.

High School: Cypress Bay

Recruited By: Joe Tumpkin

Overview:

Douglas comes from the same high school as current Panther defensive back, Buddy Jackson and is the cousin of Miami Hurricane, Jordan Futch. Over the summer, Douglas posted a (4.4) forty yard dash time at the Under Armour/ Scout.com combine. He also posted a (4.19) 20 yard shuttle time, another (4.4) forty and a 42 inch vertical leap at the Miami Nike Combine where he had the highest overall rating of any camper. As a junior he rushed over 1,400 yards and 17 touchdowns earning him a 2nd team all- Broward selection. As a senior he led Cypress Bay to a (10-2) record and rushed for nearly 1,200 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Scouting Analysis:

Positives : Extremely fast…He accelerates well in and out of cuts…Has great vision and improvises well when rush lanes are closed…has rapid strides that enable to cut more abruptly than normal…Possess great balance and outstanding change of direction…He is very competitive and comes up big when it matters the most…His blazing first step allows him to get to the line of scrimmage quicker, but this could also be a negative if he is too fast for his Offensive lineman…Shows good patience and doesn't second guess his running decisions…Although small in stature, he runs well in between the tackles and has a knack for knowing when to take the edge…Great elusiveness and almost always makes the first tackler miss…very versatile and can be used in the slot and the return game.

Negatives: His size is detrimental to his overall development…more than likely not an every down back, but I believe he is more durable than his size suggests…he is a slippery player, but will rarely break tackles using his strength…Naturally, his blocking ability will be questioned due to his size …Even at his height, he must add bulk to prepare for the rigors of college football.

The Panthers version of… San Diego Chargers RB/KR Darren Sproles

"What does it all mean Basil?"

If speed kills then Douglas is Jack the Ripper, Charles Manson, and Ted Bundy wrapped up in one. Much like Sproles, Douglas shows a lot of versatility and can be used in the run game, the screen game, the pass game, and the return game. Douglas plays with a chip on his shoulder (which is common with smaller players) and it enables him to play bigger than his size. It is a classic case of big things coming in small packages. I envision Douglas' rare speed being utilize as often as possible. What he doesn't have in physical size, he makes up for with vision and elusiveness. Don't be surprised if…Douglas is used to fill the Larod Stephens- Howling void in the offense and return game, and with all-purpose back Dion Lewis also committed, the void may be filled by committee.


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