The first early signing period for college football arrived on Wednesday, and the paperwork quickly started coming in. With that in mind, Land of 10 is taking a look at some of the members of that class to let you know what to expect once they arrive on campus.
When Michigan State offered Dimitri Douglas on June 17, the Saline (Mich.) offensive lineman had no doubt about where he would end up. He was so certain, in fact, that he committed minutes later, even though he wouldn’t publicize the decision for another two days.
Douglas hadn’t received any Power 5 offers before that point. When he finally got one, it came from the conference in which he had always wanted to play and the school his sister attends.
“From that point of view,” he told Land of 10 after committing, “Michigan State is a very comfortable place for me.”
The offer and commitment symbolized the culmination of a whole lot of hard work. He camped at Michigan State twice in a week, hoping to show them what they needed to see. He did. And now he’s signed.
— Spartan Football (@MSU_Football) December 20, 2017
At that point, Douglas hadn’t been given much respect in the 247Sports composite ratings, rating as a lower-tier 3-star recruit. Since then, he has leapfrogged several fellow Michigan State commits in the ratings and risen to No. 14 among in-state seniors.
Douglas is one of six players from Michigan committed to Michigan State and has been one of the most outspoken in the class. Whenever the Spartans sealed a big win during the regular season, he would be ready with a celebratory comment.
After watching from the sidelines and on TV, Douglas will soon be on the field himself, competing alongside those same players. He intends to enroll early at Michigan State, allowing him time to learn the playbook and get ahead in the classroom. He’s the lone lineman, offensive or defensive, expected to enroll early.
High School: Saline (Mich.)
Ranking: 3-star prospect, No. 14 player in Michigan, No. 49 offensive tackle in the country
Commitment date: June 19, 2017
How he fits in: Douglas starred at tackle in high school, but he first talked with the Michigan State coaches about playing guard and even has heard about the prospect of stepping in at center. His flexibility for his size got the attention of the staff, and he’s at his best in pass protection. The Spartans are getting a player with a high motor who shows the drive needed to be a contributor down the road.
“The big thing for them is they wanted to see how I consistently performed,” Douglas said after committing. “They were impressed with my strength, speed, and they said I could bend well at 285 pounds.”
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