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Scouts: UM plucks Penn State defector

7/25/2012

Michigan becomes the first program to benefit from the fallout at Penn State as corner back Ross Douglas (Avon, Ohio) makes the switch. It’s even more of a sting with Douglas choosing to play for a program within the Big Ten and the fact that this is a very talented corner and overall athlete. For Wolverine fans who are unfamiliar with this young man, Douglas is a quick, balanced athlete with versatile skill-set and a competitor’s edge.

Not the biggest perimeter defender but he can cover with very good footwork, transitional skills and above average speed. Does a good job in both man and zone schemes. While not the biggest or fastest, Douglas closes with good burst, is instinctive, technically sound and well-rounded. He joins a deep and very talented cornerback class headed to Ann Arbor. Four-stars Gareon Conley (Massillon, Ohio/Washington and Jourdan Lewis (Detroit/Cass Tech) are rated No. 9 and 13 respectively at the position but it was a unit in need of young talent and Douglas certainly plays with the aggressive demeanor Greg Mattison looks for in his defensive backs.

There is also a chance this talented prospect gets a look on offense as he’s a strong cutback runner with a decisive downhill style that translate well to the next level. Not a real flashy or difference-maker but Ross Douglas is a very good football player and an example of what the Wolverines are looking to recruit now.