Douglas representing Team USA

TCU commit Sammy Douglas is representing Team USA well at the IFAF U-19 World Championships in Austin, Texas.

Arlington, Texas linebacker and TCU commit Sammy Douglas has spent the last week and a half in Austin representing Team USA in the IFAF U-19 World Championships.

Douglas helped Team USA secure their first win against American Samoa 27-6. Douglas recorded two tackles and a pass breakup in the win and had arguably the game's biggest hit on a kickoff coverage.

For Douglas, he calls the chance to represent his country a great opportunity.

"It's a great experience, it's cool being able to represent for the U.S. and play against other people from around the world, it's a pretty good experience for me," Douglas said. "We wake up at 6:30 and go to 11 everyday."

Although playing three games in a span of three days could be deemed as grueling and unheard of in football terms, Douglas likes the format.

"Honestly I like it, I don't have to wait a whole week just to play another game against somebody else," he said. "I can get practice in and play somebody else later in the week."

Back to the big hit on the kickoff, Douglas remembers the hit well but it almost didn't happen.

"It felt good honestly, I was debating on hitting him or not because he was kind of big but I said forget I'm going to do something so I ran and hit him and it turned out to be a big hit," Douglas said of the tackle. "I was happy about that."

Scout.com's Kevin Flaherty, publisher of the network's Texas affiliate, LonghornDigest.com, has watched Douglas in action the past week and says Douglas has stood out in Austin.

"When you're playing in an All-Star type situation, there are some players who take things more seriously than others, and Sammy Douglas definitely falls into the "more serious" category," Flaherty said. "It didn't take long for him to make his presence felt: he had an absolutely huge hit on the American Samoa returner on the USA's first kickoff, then on that first drive, had a tackle and a pass broken up to force the punt.

"But that just reinforces the way he's been all week here. Once he steps between the lines, Douglas is all business. He's playing a difficult-to-master hybrid linebacker-safety position, and has been excellent all week, displaying the aptitude and fluid athleticism that makes him such an intriguing linebacker prospect. That he was named as a starter for Game One, ahead of linebackers who have some pretty nice offer sheets, underscores just how effective he's been."

Team USA will take the field again on Wednesday at 8:00 and face Austria.


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