Athlete Ross Douglas will start at both running back and defensive back this fall for Avon (Ohio) High, looking to build on an all-conference sophomore campaign. The 5-10, 180-pound junior has talents on both sides of the football, but projects himself on defense in college.
"I would probably say defensive back is where I would play at the next level," Douglas said. "I'm an athlete and they say the best athletes should play defense."
Douglas put up 715 yards and nine touchdowns from the running back position as a sophomore. He has been timing out in the 4.4 range for the 40-yard dash all summer.
Tennessee, Minnesota and UConn jumped out with early offers for Douglas in recent months. He was able to see two of those schools over the summer.
"I visited Tennessee and UConn," Douglas said. "I consider UConn a basketball school, but it really changed my opinion of them. It exceeded my expectations because I did not expect it to be that nice.
"I really like Tennessee. I talked to the linebackers coach, who is my recruiting coordinator. I also talked to the DB's coach and were showing me a lot of love."
Douglas does not have a set visit list of college games he will see this fall, but specifically mentioned the Tennessee-Georgia matchup in Knoxville on Oct. 8 as one he would like to attend.
The three schools showing Douglas the most interest after those that offered are West Virginia, Cincinnati and Michigan State. He lists no early favorites and is taking the process in stride.
"It's too early to say right now and I'm just taking everything in stride," Douglas said. "I'll probably know more after the season is done."