Hard Work Pays Off for Douglas

After a junior season in which he had 40 tackles, 11 breakups and three interceptions, Douglas has followed it up with a strong performance this offseason and college coaches are starting to take notice of the talented cornerback...

Harbor City (CA) Narbonne HS cornerback Bryan Douglas, who played in the same secondary as Byron Moore and Sean Parker last season, has been hard at work making a name for himself.

Douglas has participated in nearly every camp this offseason and was one of the top defensive backs at the Scout 7-on-7 Tournament, B2G Instinct Showcase, and L.A. Nike Camp.

"Those camps really gave me a lot of exposure. I went to those camps to try to measure myself," Douglas said. "I wanted to see where I was at among the top players that I've been hearing about and seeing all over the internet and I measured up pretty well.

"I just go out here and listen to what the coaches have to say at each camp and learn something new. I learn from each coach and try to apply it on the field."

After a junior season in which he had 40 tackles, 11 breakups and three interceptions, Douglas has followed it up with a strong performance this offseason, and college coaches are starting to take notice of the talented cornerback.

"The recruiting trail is really starting to heat up for me," Douglas said. "A lot of colleges are starting to notice me, and notice what I've been doing on the field, so it's been going good.

"San Diego State, Boise State, Washington, UNLV have been sending me stuff, Louisville's been sending me stuff and also UCLA."

Boise State became the first school to come through with an offer for the Scout West 150 member in April.

"That was very exciting for me. I was very happy and humbled to get this offer," Douglas said. "It's like a dream come true.

"I never thought anything like this would happen to me, but when I was little I always used to look up to my cousin Walter Thurmond that played for the Oregon Ducks, and just wish that I could follow in his footsteps, and now it's really happening to me."

Along with Boise State, Douglas also likes Oregon, San Diego State and Washington.

"Oregon, I like their coaching staff. I like the way they run things up there. San Diego State, Coach White is really cool and I like their facilities down there," he said. "And Washington, I'm really cool with their DB coach. All the coaches are real cool and I just like the chemistry that me and the coaches have."

Besides participating in every local camp, Douglas has also been running track and working at Narbonne with his teammates, Byron Moore and Sean Parker.

"I stay after school every day doing DB drills. I lift at school and come home and lift," he said. "I rarely have a free weekend. I'm always doing something towards football.

"I always work out with Byron Moore and Sean Parker. Those are two of the guys that I work out with. They just keep me on track because they know what they're doing because both of them are already where I want to be."

Douglas has shined during one-on-one drills against some of the top receivers on the West Coast and credits his speed and versatility for being able to play at a high level.

"For one is my speed, that stands out from the rest of the guys," Douglas said when asked about the strengths of his game. "I think my speed, my coverage skills and my versatility, the way I can move quickly and change direction. I think that helps me stand out."

So what is Douglas looking for in a school?

"I'm looking for academics first. I'm also looking for other things like the location, and how much I'm going to play,' he said. "Football comes after my school because I want to make sure my future is okay before I worry about football."

While Douglas has been very busy talking with college coaches and going to camps, he takes it all in stride and is thankful for the attention that he has received.

"It's such a blessing. I'm the first one in my family to do something like this," he said. "When I got my first offer it was like the whole world just lifted off my shoulders. It just feels really good to see that hard work really pays off."

Douglas will attend the Scout Los Angeles Combine at L.A. Harbor College on May 30th.


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