Winston-Salem (N.C.) Parkland cornerback Douglas Middleton made a decision earlier today. The 6-foot-0, 180-pounder committed to Appalachian State.
"I committed today on my visit," he said. "The coaches were happy I decided to join the family."
What made Middleton pick Appalachian State over offers from Ball State, William & Mary, Wofford, Old Dominion and others?
"Well, it was the fact that it was closer to home," he said. "They have good academics a football program that continues to win and I just felt comfortable there. I felt at home."
The program was a big factor in Middleton's choice for the Mountaineers.
"It's the facilities and the dedication of the fans the school has to the football program and the alumni," he said. "It's also the players that are currently there and this class coming up."
Of course, the chance to play early was an item as well.
"They said there won't be an automatic redshirt, I will get a chance to come in and compete to play."
"I'm just happy to be a Mountaineer."