Stanford recruiting struck out last year in the Maryland/Washington D.C. area, but the Cardinal are redoubling their efforts for a an offensive weapon with rare speed in The Beltway. Wide receiver Doug Dutch from Gonzaga College High School in D.C. is 5'11" 190 pounds and runs a 4.3 forty. He holds the school record in the 100m at 10.5 seconds, and also is a member of the school record 4x400m relay team. More than just a "track guy" who plays football, Dutch has shown on the gridiron that he has incredible talent and playmaking ability. He played wide receiver, cornerback, kickoff returner and punt returner his junior year, standing out at every position. He scored six touchdowns between offense and special teams, and another four on defense. Dutch sported a 21 yard average per reception last fall and an even more mindblowing 54 yard average on kick returns.
He is considered arguably the top recruit in the D.C. Metro area in this class, and was just yesterday ranked #2 in all of Maryland and D.C. "Doug made second team All-Metropolitan at defensive back last year," Gonzaga head coach Kenny Lucas boasts of his standout's junior season. "Had they selected a kick returner, he would have been first team guy; however, due to the numbers in other positions, they chose not to select a returner to that team."
Dutch's exploits on the field helped propel Gonzaga to their best season in a half-century, winning their conference championship and finishing #2 in the D.C. Area. "We were undefeated (10-0) and the first team to do that in about 50 years," he explains. "Our team has even been inducted into the school's athletic Hall of Fame
And most of his best track times came from his junior season. Dutch was limited this spring by a nagging hamstring injury throughout the outdoor season. He had to pick and choose which races and which heats to run, but still managed to place 2nd in the 100m and 1st in the 400m in the WCAC track championships. His 48.7 time and first place finish in the 400 however was later disqualified because of a metal bracelet he was wearing.
His combined exploits on the track and on the turf have him as one of the hottest recruits in the nation these days, with 18 offers and counting. He has been given offers by Stanford, Virginia Tech, Tennessee, Penn State, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Boston College, Virginia, Maryland, Georgia Tech and more. The most local schools who have the most exposure and contact with the speedster are Maryland and Virginia, and he says that he has been to both plays "many times" unofficially. Dutch has also taken trips to Penn State and Florida.
Florida is the one school Dutch cites that he would still like to see come forward with an offer, but their decision to lightly recruit him has him rethinking his posture on them. Earlier in the spring he named them as one of this favorite schools and planned to camp in Gainesville during the summer, but now he says he's changing plans. "It would be a waste of my time to go down there if they don't really want to recruit me," he comments. But shed no tears for Dutch, given that he has pulled down offers from every other school in the country he has said he would like to hear from. Now he is faced with the tough process of winnowing down the lofty list to a manageable few.
He currently names Michigan, Stanford, Virginia, Maryland and Pitt as his favorites if you push him for a top five, but he still has a wide window through which he is viewing the landscape of schools. "All schools are still pretty even," he begins. "I really need to see places to begin to compare them. Distance really doesn't matter to me. My choice will depend on how I like the school, what they offer in my major and the player-coach relationship." A specific major isn't clear yet, but Dutch is very big on the sciences.
Two visits Dutch does have set in his mind will take him away from the East Coast. He says he will take an unofficial trip to Stanford this summer, and believe it or not, he already has been talked into an official visit in December by Michigan. Official trips come on the dime of the host school, but unofficials can cost a pretty penny, especially across the country. So why would Dutch be in such a hurry to take such a trip to Stanford so soon?
"They have one of the best universities in the world," he says about Stanford. "The coaches have talked so much about the campus and California and said it would blow me away. So I feel I have to get out there and see it."
Cardinal quarterbacks coach Bill Cubit is the lead recruiter with Dutch, and they have kept in touch over the phone throughout the spring. "Coach Cubit told me it was a good school and said I was a good fit because of my grades and talent," the recruit explains. "Around the beginning of May he told me over the phone that Stanford was offering, and then I talked with Coach Teevens to make it official. They really like that I have the academics."
The Gonzaga two-sport star (used to be three before he gave up basketball to concentrate on football and track) says that he will do a lot of research on schools over the Internet and continue to talk with coaches. Eventually he'll narrow the list to five schools and says he'll take all five officials before making his college decision. He will also be camping at Virginia, Maryland and Michigan this summer, plus a mini-camp at North Carolina.
Outside the athletic arena, Dutch is also a star. He carries a 3.8 GPA and has already landed a 1060 SAT in the fall of his junior year. He is looking for a 1200-1300 with his June retake and takes a lot of pride in his academics. "Of course I'm biased, but he is a great student, a very good athlete, and a better person," Lucas says of Dutch. "Doug is a pleasant, well-mannered student-athlete. He strives to excel in all of his endeavors."
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