Douglas Claims Three Early Offers

Hoboken DT Mike Douglas is a penetrating run stopper with good strength at the point of attack. Good DTs are hard to find and Douglas' skills have not gone unnoticed as he claims three early offers and has developed a list of early favorites.

Defensive tackle Mike Douglas has announced his top five list of schools and also has an early favorite.

The Michigan Wolverines are the early frontrunners for the junior lineman's services because he's been a fan since his early childhood.

"I've always loved them since I was little," Douglas said.

The other four schools that round out Douglas' top five are Florida, Rutgers, Maryland and Ohio State.

"I love the hot weather in Florida," Douglas said. "Rutgers is close to home and I would be close to my family and they could get to watch me play. With Maryland, one of my former teammates, Bearthur Johnson plays there. I like Ohio State because they are always battling with Michigan in the Big 10."

Hoboken High School's nose guard/ nose tackle has gotten the chance to meet with Notre Dame Head Coach Charlie Weis and has met with an Ohio State defensive coach. While he's met with Weis, he still hasn't really considered Notre Dame, while he was impressed with the Buckeyes coach.

"He was a cool guy that was about his work," he said. "I feel like if I went there, he would show me right."

Right now, Douglas holds offers from Maryland, Syracuse and a verbal from Rutgers. Since the Scarlet Knights are near by, he's been able to watch the team in-action.

"I've been to a couple of games including the in-game scrimmage," he said. "I was at the Maryland game and they were really nice to me. They have a really nice environment."

Academics and the school's football program are what the 6-foot-2 270 pound defensive tackle is looking at a potential suitor.

"Academics are important, I want to be a business major and manage my own business someday," he said. "I also want to go to a place with a good program and somewhere that will show me good things."

Hoboken High School went 6-4 and lost to Cedar Grove in the first round of the playoffs 14-13. Douglas said that he had a solid year and that his team will be ready to step it up next season.

"I did good with 60 tackles, nine sacks and 32 solo tackles," he said. "We are a young team that did good. We just have to go into the weight room strong and we will have all of our starters coming back next season."

Douglas said he plans on making a decision at the end of his senior year.

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