I had a feeling that Ross Douglas would maybe pull the trigger and once I saw that he deocmmited from Penn State, some sort of recruiting development seemed likely. He has built a solid relationship with a lot of the already committed Team 134 guys, including Shane Morris and Dymonte Thomas. I think that's the good thing about the summer camp circuit because it gets recruits the chance to build relationships with guys that are part of their class and guys that aren't committed.
Here are the basic listings for Douglas:
So as you can see he's pretty much a consensus 4* across the board with Scout having him rated at the lowest which is a surprise to me because usually it's ESPN with the low rankings. His size seems to be pretty consistent among the sites and they all see him as a cornerback. Scout does seems to be much harder on him than any of the other sites, evidenced by their 3* rankings and having him ranked as the #42 CB out there. Even 247, who is going through the recruits has him a lot higher. Why do they have him lower? Can't be sure, but there must be something that's pushing them back. He doesn't have bad size for a defensive back, so it's probably not that. Regardless, he still has solid rankings.
This is a big development for several reasons. First, he's a great player and builds what will be one of the best secondary classes Michigan has had in recent memory. Douglas will be the 5th defensive backfield commitment for 2013 and coupled with guys like Jarrod Wilson from 2012, Michigan's defensive backfield could be incredible in the near future. Along with this, it could be a signal of things to come. Nobody is predicting Michigan will haul in a ton of Penn State players or recruits as a result of the scandal, but a lot of schools will be picking up these players soon. It's almost a signal of the changing tide of the Big Ten and Penn State.
Now one of the biggest questions is how does Michigan fill out the class? With presumably 1 spot left (maybe 2) I think the Leon McQuay fans are going to be disappointed. With guys like LaQuon Treadwell and Derrick Green looming and what is probably the last defensive back spot filled, McQuay will probably not be here. Now, with Green coming to the BBQ at the Big House on Sunday could we see a commitment from him? Probably not, but it's always a possibility, especially because his parents will be with him as well. I hope that this doesn't mean we lose out on a guy like him or Treadwell, but we will see. Ross Douglas is a good solid player and I'm happy to have him part of this class.
Here's his highlight film: