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FSU might have a ‘find’ in TE Douglas

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FSU coach Mike Norvell has received the National Letter-of-Intent from 6-foot-6, 250-pound tight end Markeston Douglas.

Douglas was a relative unknown in football recruiting circles as he never played high school football until his senior season. He was a high school teammate of WR/OLB Darion Williamson, who has also signed with the Seminoles.

FSU running backs coach David Johnson brought Douglas to Norvell’s attention because Johnson was Tennessee’s lead recruiter for Williamson prior to joining the Seminoles’ staff several weeks ago.

Douglas made an official visit to Michigan State prior to his official visit to FSU and is believed to have a scholarship offer from the Spartans. He is listed as a defensive end prospect by 247Sports but most of his MaxPreps highlight tape is of Douglas lined up at tight end.

You can certainly see the potential in Douglas on his highlight tape. He is, of course, long and lean and has the frame to add substantial weight once he gets into a college strength and conditioning program and because of this could end up anywhere on the offensive or defensive front as he continues to develop physically.

Douglas is a good athlete and shows soft hands as a pass catcher from the tight end position, which is the position where he is featured most on his highlight tape. He has good but not great speed and was dominant running with the ball after the catch because of his size. There isn’t any tape of him blocking from the tight end position, so you don’t know about his physicality. He is raw fundamentally on both sides of the ball, but he is another prospect with great size who could develop into defensive tackle or offensive tackle if he eventually outgrows tight end or defensive end.

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  1. Jerry KutzReply

    Evaluation is such a vital part of recruiting.
    We don’t know how good Norvell and his staff are yet as evaluators but my hunch is they must be pretty good to build the program they built at Memphis going against SEC teams. I suspect they looked for players just like this, who were under-recruited, to build their program.

    Even in the Dynasty Era, Florida State found guys who sailed under the radar like a Dexter Carter, Deion Sanders and Andre Wadsworth to name a few.

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