February 4, 2008

Douglas just makes plays

Special things happen when Cornelius Douglas touches the ball. As a matter of fact, most of the time, those things result in six points. That's why he's spent most of his high school career under center, where his playmaking ability could be utilized on every play.

However, starting in June, Douglas will embark on a completely new journey.

"The biggest thing with Tech was just the opportunity to play wide receiver," he explained. "They throw the ball a lot, which is real intriguing. I like the idea of playing wide receiver and getting the ball in my hands in space. It's like a dream come true for someone who wants to make plays."

When asked what his biggest strength as a player is, Douglas didn't need much time to think about his answer.

"I guess it's that I make big plays," said the three-star recruit with 4.47 speed. "I know it's a new position and everything, so I'm going to work really hard to make sure I pick it up quickly and get on the field to contribute."

If he needs any help learning the tricks of the trade, perhaps he could pop in some game tape from the best slot receiver in recent Tech history, New England Patriot Wes Welker.

"I've definitely seen him before, even before I knew he was from Tech," he said of Welker. "I thought to myself, 'Man, he's kinda small like me, but he's doing it big out there on a big stage.'"

Though he admired Welker when he first saw him play, he found a whole new level of appreciation for his fellow Oklahoman when he found out where he honed his skills in college.

"Oh, man, when I found out he was from Texas Tech, that was huge," laughed the 5-foot-10, 185-pound athlete. "I liked that a lot when I found that out and I was rooting for him when I watched the Super Bowl tonight too."

The future Red Raider, who carries a 3.5 GPA and is fully qualified, will sign his letter of intent on February 6th.

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