September 28, 2010

Douglas checks out Buckeyes

It was quite a weekend for Avon, Ohio sophomore running back/defensive back Ross Douglas.

On Friday, the 5-foot-9, 170-pound two-way standout helped Avon High School defeat North Ridgeville, 34-8, to extend its regular season winning streak to seven games and start the 2010 campaign a perfect 5-0.

Saturday morning he and his parents traveled to Columbus to check out Ohio State in its 73-20 win over Eastern Michigan.

"I got an invite before the first game of the season," Douglas said. "It's real nice up there. The fan base is crazy. They love their football out there."

The visit to Ohio State was the second for Douglas. He first checked out campus over the summer, when he received a tour of the football facilities from OSU assistant coach Greg Gillum.

During his game visit Douglas had the chance to talk with OSU assistant coach Taver Johnson and head coach Jim Tressel.

"They just asked me about my season and told me that they're going to get me back up there real soon," he said. "I really like Ohio State. It's a beautiful campus, has crazy fans and a good coaching staff and great tradition."

Douglas has two more years of high school football before he makes his college choice. That choice will be difficult if he continues to play at such a high level.

Through five games he has almost 350 yards rushing and on defense he has deflected both passes thrown in his direction.

Some schools have indicated they like Douglas at running back while others prefer him on defense. Ohio State has talked about him playing defense back.

After an extensive camp tour this summer, Douglas has popped up on the recruiting radar of several schools including Illinois, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Michigan, Michigan State, Texas A&M, Iowa, Northwestern, North Carolina and West Virginia.

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