Three-star offensive lineman Eric Douglas has chosen South Carolina. Douglas announced his commitment on Twitter Saturday morning.
God bless! Go Gamecocks !! pic.twitter.com/BhEgtDGdOB
— Eric Douglas (@edoug71) April 2, 2016
“Sorry for the wait, my heart bleeds Garnett and black and for the next 4-5 years I will be wearing that Garnett and black in front of the best fans in the nation at Williams-Brice (Stadium),” Douglas wrote in a statement.
The Charlotte (N.C.) native was originally recruited by former Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier. But Spurrier’s resignation didn’t change much for Douglas because of his established relationship with former interim head coach, Shawn Elliott, who was retained as the offensive line coach by Will Muschamp.
“My position coach, Shawn Elliott, is now the head coach and it’s cool to see him in charge now,” Douglas said back in December. “He’s a cool, down-to-earth guy and a great technique person.”
Douglas is rated as the No. 23 player in North Carolina, according to 247Sports.com. Now, Douglas plans on becoming a recruiter himself. He told GamecockCentral’s Chris Clark that he plans on making a sales pitch to Mallard Creek High School teammates T.J. Moore and Ryan Jones to join him in Columbia.
Moore is a four-star offensive tackle who is rated as the No. 6 player in North Carolina, according to 247Sports.com. He has received offers from South Carolina, North Carolina State, North Carolina, East Carolina, Kentucky and Missouri. Jones will be a tougher sell as the four-star athlete has already committed to UNC.