Monday, June 24, 2013

2013 Season Countdown: #66 Ross Douglas

Ross Douglas
Name: Ross Douglas
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 176 lbs.
High school: Avon (OH) Avon
Position: Cornerback
Class: Freshman
Jersey number: #29
Last year: Douglas was a senior in high school. I gave him a TTB Rating of 63.

Douglas committed to Michigan in July 2012 after de-committing from Penn State. The controversy surrounding Penn State seemed to be the issue, and Brady Hoke poached him from the Nittany Lions. He played running back for his high school team last fall and ended the year with 1,597 yards and 25 touchdowns. His performance in high school was good enough to earn him a roster spot for the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl, and shortly afterward, he arrived on Michigan's campus as an early enrollee.

Going into the 2013 season, Michigan essentially has three starters returning (Blake Countess, Raymon Taylor, and Courtney Avery) and freshman Dymonte Thomas seemingly locked into the slot corner position. With junior Delonte Hollowell also pushing for playing time, Michigan could probably get by without much help from other true freshmen. However, Douglas enrolled early and is fairly well developed for a freshman corner, so he won't get abused physically. Even though I think he has a relatively low long-term celing, he could help out as a special teamer or as a backup this year.

Prediction: Backup cornerback, special teams


  1. Agree here - he sounds like the freshman CB most likely to play (unless you count Thomas), but there shouldn't be much need for one. That's why I think the other freshman CBs are all so likely to red-shirt, especially the taller/skinnier ones.

  2. While he's not the next coming of Charles Woodson, I think a "low long-term ceiling" is selling Douglas short. He got some good reports after spring practice and I could see him starting as an upper classman someday.