January 19, 2012

Film Vault: Douglas shows his skill

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It's a banner year for defensive backs in the 2013 class in the state of Ohio. One of the best of the group is Avon product Ross Douglas. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound prospect is hearing from programs all over the nation and has already picked up five verbal offers from Boston College, Connecticut, Louisville, Minnesota, and Tennessee. Douglas' performances on the camp and combine circuit as well as his play on the field have him currently ranked as the No. 9 prospect in Ohio in the BuckeyeGrove.com class of 2013 rankings. In this piece, we take a look at junior film of Douglas in action and outline what makes him such a highly recruited prospect.

Early in his career, Douglas made a name for himself on the camp circuit by running blistering 40-yard dash times and his speed translates to the football field. A sub 4.5 guy, Douglas has excellent closing speed and can turn and run with the top receivers. Douglas does a great job flipping his hips in coverage and hits his top speed quickly. His speed also serves him well in run support where he can quickly come up and make stops near the line of scrimmage.

Another thing that stands out about Douglas is his willingness to support the run. Though not the biggest defensive back, Douglas does not shy away from contact and shows great effort in run support. Douglas does not allow receivers to get out and block him and uses his hands very well to free himself up from blockers when the play is coming his way.

That same type of physical mentality carries over to pass coverage. Because of his size and speed, a lot of people will look at Douglas as a finesse corner but his film shows plenty of ability to play bump and run coverage as well.

If there is one holdup on Douglas, it's his height. The craze right now among college coaches is the taller, long-armed corners. Not only do prospects like that not grow on trees, but often times those prospects are stiffer in the hips than the smaller quicker corners but since they can be moved over to safety, it is looked at as a lower-risk offer.

At the end of the day, Douglas is as good of a pure cover guy as there is right now in the state of Ohio and should be a 20-plus offer prospect by the end of his recruitment.


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