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TE/DE Douglas commits to FSU, joins teammate as part of 2020 class

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It’s been a busy day for FSU coach Mike Norvell and his staff in the Volunteer state on Tuesday.

Earlier today Brownsville (Tenn.) Haywood High wide receiver/outside linebacker Darion Williamson announced he committed to the Seminoles after de-committing from Tennessee on Monday.

A few hours later Williamson’s high school teammate, Markeston Douglas, committed to FSU. Douglas, who is 6-foot-6 and 250 pounds, was on campus for an official visit this past weekend with Williamson. Douglas is a relative unknown in the college football recruiting circle. His only other FBS offer, according to a report by 247Sports, is from Michigan State.

Douglas has been so lightly recruited that he was not ranked at all by 247Sports prior to his arrival in Tallahassee for his official visit last weekend. Since returning home from his official visit to FSU, 247Sports now has Douglas ranked as a three-star prospect and the 88th best strongside defensive end prospect in the nation and the 46th best overall prospect in Tennessee. He also played tight end for Haywood High this season.

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 at tight end, 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 a defensive tackle or offensive tackle if he eventually outgrows tight end or defensive end.

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