Dayne Douglass Hearing from Texas Schools

Canyon 2017 linebacker Dayne Douglass has received interest from several power-five programs, including Texas Tech. RaiderPower.com caught up with Douglass for the scoop on his recruitment and ties to the Red Raiders.

Canyon High School near Amarillo is right in Texas Tech's back yard, and homegrown inside linebacker prospect Dayne Douglass is receiving some interest from the Red Raider coaching staff.

The 6-foot-2.5, 220-pound linebacker prospect possesses speed with a 4.65-second 40-yard-dash time and was very productive in six starts as a sophomore, racking up 83 tackles, one interception, two forced fumbles, and one fumble recovery. Offensively, he ran 23 times for 152 yards and three touchdowns.

The 2017 prospect is beginning to draw interest from schools around the state.

"This year, the schools that have shown interest in me are Texas Tech, ACU, TCU. SMU came and watched practice, North Texas came during a school day--they just shook my hand since they couldn't really talk to me," Douglass said. "Arkansas sent some mail, New Mexico State came and watched a basketball practice since it was after football season. The last one was Texas State, they came and watched a practice too."

TCU co-offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie has been in contact with Douglass, who plays the Mike linebacker position in Canyon's 4-3 defense.

"Yes sir, he talked to me on the phone, and then I shook his hand as well. He also talked to me at the camp I went to this summer. It hasn't been very recent, the last time I talked to him was at the camp. I knew he used to be at Texas Tech, and that's about it."

Texas Tech offensive coordinator and fellow West Texas native Eric Morris is the primary recruiter for Douglass. The relationship is in its early stages so far as Douglass will enter his junior year this fall, and began after Douglas participated in Texas Tech's one-day football camp back in June.

"The last time I talked to him was at the camp, I talked to him on Twitter after the camp, and that was about it."

Douglass thinks highly of a few Power-Five schools early on.

"I grew up going to the Texas Tech games, my dad went to Texas Tech, so I've always been a big fan there. I really like SMU's new head coach, Chad Morris. I'm really in love with their facilities. We took a tour after their camp. I'm really glad that Arkansas sent mail, because that was really surprising to me. I'm glad they've shown an interest in me. When TCU asked me to go to their camp, I was really surprised, as well."

The West Texas standout also is interested in a couple of schools which offered his older brother Dylan a scholarship and have remembered him in this recruiting cycle.

"Texas State came to practice which is really cool, too. I know they recruited my brother and offered him a scholarship but he turned them down for ACU, which is another place that I really like. They have a great campus, great staff, I've heard my brother say a lot of good things about it."

Douglass, who could add more size to his frame, has followed Texas Tech closely over the years.

"I was a really big fan of Mike Leach until he wasn't the coach any more. We started watching Kingsbury and he's starting to turn the program around a little bit, which we're really glad about. We're die-hard Tech fans and we've always been rooting for him, so we're glad that he's finally starting to turn things around. I definitely would love to go there some day, and if they want to recruit me, that would be just as great as anybody else."

Not too many Texas high school football players have the luxury of being able to take an unofficial visit to Texas Tech and end up back at home on the same day. With Tech so close to home, Douglass is looking forward to getting down to Lubbock on an unofficial visit where he can experience the perks of being recruited.

"Whenever my brother was being recruited by them, he got to go visit and talk to the players and go in the locker room. I thought that was pretty cool because I was pretty young whenever he got to do that. I would definitely like to go and check out the campus and look at the stadium and talk to the players, maybe. If any school asks me to come check it out, I'll probably go check it out."

Douglass is receiving interest from Arkansas, TCU, SMU, Texas Tech, and Texas State, among others.

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