Michigan Football Recruiting: Ross Douglas (Cornerback) -- 2013 Wolverine Verbal Commit -- Profile

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Posted at 5:30am — 7/25/2012

Michigan Football Recruiting: Ross Douglas (Cornerback) — 2013 Wolverine Verbal Commit — Profile

GBMWolverine readers: Here is a brief overview of recent verbal commitment Ross Douglas from Avon High School — Avon, Ohio.

Height: 5’10
Weight: 180
Number: 21
Current Position: Cornerback, Running Back, and Slot Receiver.
Future Position: Cornerback
City/State: Avon, Ohio
High School: Avon
Head Coach: Mike Elder
Recruiter: Coach Greg Mattison
Committed: 7/24/2012
Top 5 other Offers: Nebraska, Northwestern, Penn State (decommitted), Pittsburgh, and Wisconsin.
40-Time: 4.41
Shuttle: 4.1
Vertical: 35″
Broad Jump: 9’11
GPA: 3.3
Class: 2013 Michigan Wolverine Recruiting Class (Verbal Commit).

Rankings:

24/7: 4-star.
ESPN: 4-star.
FanSided 4-star.
Rivals: 4-star.
Scout: 3-star.

The NCAA atomic bomb that hit State College on Monday did not take long before the first disturbance in the medium, known also as a shock wave hit. Ross Douglas broke his commitment almost immediately. Tuesday, Ross was offered, or re-offered, by Michigan and just as abruptly accepted the offer from the Michigan coaching staff. An interesting question is which move was most unexpected? The guess here is the quick commitment.

Douglas was not the highest ranked PSU recruit, and at least three have stated they will/or at least are inclined to, stay the course with Penn State. Clearly, Douglas held the most interest from Michigan. Cell phones will be abuzz as schools seek interest in Lion returnees and current verbal commits.

In baseball there is an old saying from good infield coaches: make the routine play every time and once in a while make a great play. Douglas is a little like that saying in that he is always in the area, gets the job done, and is better described as solid but maybe not spectacular. Football is about execution not style points. So, here is the first look at Ross Douglas.

Overview:

Ross is a two-way starter for one of the top programs in Ohio. He has garnered a good offer sheet, lacking the big guns such as Alabama, Auburn, USC, etc. Ross plays for Avon High School. Avon was runner up in Division II in Ohio last season. Ross has started at the varsity level since his freshmen year. He has had excellent showings at camps and combines this spring. He is a good student with a 3.3 GPA and hopes to graduate early with honors. 

Strengths: Ross has a smooth, easy backpedal with super hips. He rotates his hips as well as any corner we have seen in the area. Building on the above, Ross has fluid movement with little wasted motion and shows very good overall quickness and excellent feet. He maintains solid body position and is technically sound. Combine film shows fearless attitude and the ability and willingness to play in the face of top wide receivers. He has the athletic ability to succeed at the BCS level. Of importance, people speak very highly of Ross and the serious Michigan effort to recruit character appears to have yielded more good results.

Concerns:

He lacks great top end speed, but is certainly not slow. Ross will need to add some weight and get stronger, although he is thicker than Conley or Stribling.  While not a concern, the question can be raised as to whether the eventual destination is corner or safety. Like so many high school corners, time will tell.

Final Thoughts:

We welcome Ross Douglas to Michigan and hope he has a successful career on and off the football field as a student-athlete at the University of Michigan. Go Blue!

Red-shirt or play his Freshman Year?

GBMWolverine believes he will possible play his first year. As a corner or special team player Ross might be able to get into the mix next season. But for a change there will be a long list of defensive backs starting in the fall of 2013.

Ross Douglas reminds the GBMWolverine Staff of — Former Michigan Football Player — Todd Howard — who played Cornerback.

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