Avon, Ohio junior cornerback Ross Douglas is already well into his recruitment, despite being a year out from signing a national letter of intent. He entered the month of February with several scholarship offers in hand and added another on Wednesday.
"I've actually had three recent offers," Douglas reported. "Last week I got Toledo and Syracuse and just now I got Northwestern."
Douglas and his father placed a call to Northwestern offensive line coach Adam Cushing on Wednesday and received word of the Wildcats' offer. Northwestern coaches had been in contact with Douglas well before the offer, and the Cleveland-area defensive back is already familiar with their school.
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"They are a good academic school and they are in the Big Ten, that's what jumps out about them," Douglas said.
The recent scholarship offers bring Douglas to a total of eight. Others have come from Boston College, Connecticut, Louisville, Minnesota and Tennessee.
"Everyone is my favorite right now," Douglas said. "I haven't really started looking into schools that deeply, but it is just exciting right now knowing that such good programs have interest in me."
The process of evaluating schools more in-depth will start later this month for Douglas, with several junior day visits planned.
"I know for sure I am going to an Ohio State junior day, a West Virginia junior day and then a Michigan State one," he said.
Douglas had planned to make a visit to Michigan with fellow Cleveland-area junior De'Niro Laster later this week, but was not able to mesh schedules with their coaching staff.
"I don't think we can go up to Michigan this week because the coaches are out of town," he said. "I haven't rescheduled it yet, but it will be sometime in the near future."
Douglas was a two-way star for an Avon team that played for the Division 2 state title in Ohio last fall. He carried 175 times for 1,019 yards and 15 touchdowns and added 10 catches for 150 yards and another score this past fall. On defense he tallied 40 tackles, 13 pass break ups and one interception.