Ross Douglas Commits to Michigan, Alvin Bailey Names His Eight Finalists
After 4-star cornerback Ross Douglas (Avon, Ohio) officially de-committed from Penn State on Monday morning he informed the media the only visit he wanted to take was to the University of Wisconsin. However, everything changed Tuesday morning when Michigan informed the Avon High School star could still accept their scholarship offer and he did just that by verbally committing to the Wolverines.
"I just felt like God spoke to me," Douglas told Josh Helmholdt of Rivals.com shortly after his commitment. "They offered me the first time. Then I decommitted from Penn State and they offered me a second time."
According to a Tuesday afternoon report by TheWolverine.com, Michigan defensive coordinator Greg Mattison re-offerred Douglas, who then decided he would visit Ann Arbor on Sunday for the Barbecue at the Big House after visiting Notre Dame on Thursday and Wisconsin on Sunday.
Shortly after that report, Bill Greene of Scout.com announced via Twitter that Douglas committed to the Wolverines and became the 23rd prospect in Michigan's 2013 recruiting class, which is ranked No. 2 in the country according to Rivals.
"It felt that God had a plan for me going to Michigan because they offered me two times," Douglas explained. "So I felt that was where I need to be at."
Once Michigan's second offer came through, the nation's No. 22 cornerback and No. 222 overall prospect talked it over with his father at breakfast before calling the Wolverine coaches to inform them of his decision.
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"My dad, when I first told him I got offered by Michigan, he asked 'You about to take that?'" Douglas said. "We went out to eat for breakfast and talked about it, then I called Coach Mattison and talked to Coach [Brady] Hoke and told them I'm a Wolverine."
Douglas' commitment leaves one spot in Michigan's 2013 class, which will likely go to 4-star receiver Alvin Bailey (Seffner, Fla.) or the nation's No. 5 ranked wideout and No. 39 overall prospect Laquon Treadwell (Crete, Ill.).
Michigan is in good standing with both prospects and appear to be well out in front for Treadwell, who is their top choice at the position. The Crete High School standout wants to take visits to Oklahoma State, Oklahoma and Auburn before making his decision though, so the Wolverines are keeping in touch with Bailey in case of the unlikely event that Treadwell decides to take his talents elsewhere.
Bailey, who is the nation's No. 16 wide receiver and No. 132 overall prospect, revealed his final eight schools on Monday and the Wolverines found out they are still in the mix for the Armwood High School standout.
"It's down to eight," Bailey told Chris Nee of Rivals.com. "It is down to UCF, Georgia, Florida State, Texas A&M, Auburn, South Carolina, Michigan and Notre Dame."
Michigan fans and coaches also found out they are in a much better position than several of Bailey's other finalists.
"UCF, Georgia, South Carolina and Michigan - they really stand out," Bailey went on to say. "I just like those schools. They are powerhouse schools. They all have a different specialty to them."
The 5'11", 170-pounder intends to visit UCF and Georgia with his mother in the coming weeks, but a timetable for his decision is not yet set in stone.
"I don't know (when I will commit)," Bailey said. "I will talk with my family about making a decision. I will probably do it either before the season or at the Under Armour Game."
The latter option would keep the Wolverines in the hunt for Bailey, however if he opts to pull the trigger before his senior season he will likely land closer to home because Michigan wants to hold their final scholarship in the 2013 class for Treadwell until he tells the coaches he is going elsewhere.
In the end, the consensus is that Treadwell will don the maize and blue, but Bailey could potentially be an ace in the hole should something unpredictable occur and let's face it there are always surprises when it comes to college football recruiting.
Zach Dirlam is the former Lead Editor of the College Basketball section as well as Big Ten columnist for the FOX Sports/MSN/YardBarker affiliate website Sports at Work. Check out his blog, Dirlam’s Dirty Dugout Sports Blog, which features this story, along with other articles and video reports on major sports.
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