Homeschooled QB gets offer from Memphis, despite limited exposure
When we left Clinton, La., quarterback
The Louisiana High School Athletic Association was two weeks away from voting to ban homeschoolers from playing on public school teams. Douglas -- who had played his first three years for an independent team made up of homeschoolers called the Christian Home Educators Fellowship Patriots -- had hoped to play at a public school as a senior to give himself a better chance at a scholarship offer from an FBS school. Douglas and his parents weren't sure if they'd have to sell the home they've lived in more than 10 years and move so he could enroll at a school that needed a quarterback. Without film of Douglas playing for a more established 11-man team, would any FBS program take a chance on him?
"I was a little worried," Douglas said. "Camps hadn't started yet, so I thought there was still a chance. I was just getting sick of waiting."
A phone conversation in May with Memphis assistant
"I hung up the phone and just hollered, 'Yes!' " Douglas said.
Douglas, who also had an offer from FCS school Stephen F. Austin, didn't immediately accept. He and his parents made the five-hour drive up Interstate 55 to Memphis to check out the school and the rest of the coaching staff. In early June, Douglas accepted the verbal offer. He has since received a written offer, and he already has begun helping recruit other players for the Tigers' 2011 signing class.
It should be interesting to see how Douglas develops. He has a strong arm and he quarterbacked a seven-on-seven team of top-shelf Louisiana prospects to the semifinals of an elite national tournament in July, but Douglas hasn't faced top competition in pads. Of course, most quarterback prospects didn't play behind a 5-3 center and a line exhausted from playing both ways against much larger opponents. Fortunately, Douglas should have some time to develop. The Tigers have five quarterbacks on scholarship who are sophomores or younger, so there is little chance Douglas would be thrown into a game before he has a chance to prove himself capable of playing at the FBS level.
Douglas will follow in the footsteps of former Tulsa basketball player
Douglas is believed to be the first football player from a team of homeschoolers to be offered an FBS scholarship. Denver Broncos quarterback
That wasn't an option for Douglas, and the questions about where he would play as a senior caused considerable stress for the entire Douglas family. "We were all very distressed about how dark things had gotten," Douglas' mother, Tirzah, said.
The scholarship offer simplified matters. The family would stay put. Douglas would play his senior year for the Patriots.
And though Douglas didn't need it, the Louisiana legislature passed a law -- House Bill 303, better known as the "Tim Tebow Bill" -- allowing homeschoolers to play at public schools, essentially erasing the LHSAA decision. Gov.
Wilder's finalists are Florida, Florida State and Georgia.
Wilder would prefer to play running back in college, and he is only considering schools whose coaches have told him he would play in the backfield. Wilder's position shouldn't even be in question. Watch
Wilder will be the last of Plant's major prospects to announce his decision. This past Wednesday, quarterback
Ely's commitment to Alabama means that Rivals.com's top 15 pro-style quarterbacks have chosen schools. While commitments are non-binding, that's bad news for schools still in the hunt for a passer.
The options aren't plentiful for dual-threat quarterbacks, either. The top seven in the Rivals rankings have committed, led by