Ross Douglas: Former Penn State Commit Flips to Michigan
Ross Douglas, who decided to decommit from Penn State after the Nittany Lions were given harsh NCAA sanctions on Monday, has instead chosen to play college football for Michigan.
The 4-star cornerback made the announcement on Twitter. He had received offers from at least 15 other schools before his initial commitment to Penn State, but it's unclear how many of those teams were in the running the second time around.
Just committed to Michigan!!!! #GoBlue— Ross Douglas (@RDouglas_21) July 24, 2012
While Douglas' decision to change schools wasn't a major surprise with other players having the same option following the punishment, the fact he signed elsewhere so quickly is a sign that coaches are ready to pounce on any player or recruit who change their minds about Penn State.
It's also a perfect example of the uphill battle new Nittany Lions head coach Bill O'Brien faces as he looks to rebuild the program. His fellow coaches, especially those in the Big Ten, aren't going to have any mercy, even though he's going through some tough times.
Did Douglas make the right decision?
In Douglas, the Wolverines receive a cornerback with good size and strength, making him a perfect fit for the hard-hitting conference. He doesn't have any apparent flaws and has plenty of upside once he learns to use his strength as an advantage.
The Ohio native becomes the 23rd member of Michigan's 2013 recruiting class, according to James Jahnke of the Detroit Free Press.
Even though it's a good get by Wolverines head coach Brady Hoke, the Penn State aspect makes it more intriguing. It's a storyline that will likely continue to play out over the next few weeks.
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