Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Scouts: UM plucks Penn State defector
By Billy Tucker
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.