Douglas the Great!

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Before the start of the 2008 season few outside of Lamar High School in Arlington knew the sensational talent of Ja'Terian Douglas. However after Douglas ran for over 2000 yards and 28 touchdowns as a junior earning first team Class 5A all-state honors few could forget Douglas. At 5'11 180 pounds and sporting a 4.4 forty yard dash Douglas is piling up offers and interest.

"I'm a shifty back with good open field speed and I have the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield," said Douglas when describing his running style. Ja'Terian who goes by "J.T." currently holds offers from Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Baylor, Tulsa and SMU but he hasn't heard much from his two favorites thus far. "Oklahoma and TCU are two schools who I really like and I'm hoping I can get more interest from them," said the Arlington Lamar junior.

Ja'Terian won't hit the camp circuit this summer, instead he'll spend the majority of his time working with the Vikings seven on seven squad which has qualified for the State Tournament in eleven straight years. "I really enjoy seven on seven, it helps with my receiving and it helps us build chemistry as a cohesive unit," said Douglas.

Decision time for J.T. won't be something he rushes, "I'm going to just have a wait and see attitude and make my decision when the time is right. I want to attend a school close to home so my friends and family can see me play often but also I want to attend a school where I feel at home."

Tradition rich Arlington Lamar has been on a bit of a playoff drought the past couple of years and Ja'Terian's goal is to change that in 2009. "We want to make the playoffs, but what I really want is to win the district and make a deep playoff run, that would be better than any individual stats."


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