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Jason Douglas picks Pittsburgh

Dave Wannestedt learned many things while living in South Florida. One of the most important lesson was the talent in South Florida can change the direction of a college program - in a hurry!

Keeping to that theme, Wannstedt and the University of Pittsburgh football program continued the pipeline to this area when they received a verbal commitment from Cypress Bay running back Jason Douglas.

The speedy Douglas, who has lifted the Lightning to a district title, will bring plenty with him in that tightly-wound 5-7, 175-pound frame. His blazing (4.4) speed and ability to find holes quickly has made him one of Florida’s top backs over the past two years.

“This is a player who elevates his play in the big games,” said coach Mark Guandolo. “Give me a kid like that any day. Someone who you can trust in the heat of battle on the football field.”

The versatile back is also one of the fastest athletes in the state, competing for the Lightning track program.

Douglas will be right at home with the Panthers who have 12 players from South Florida, including Conredge Collins, FB, 6-0, 230, Sr., Monsignor Pace; Steve Dell, 6-1, 235, LB, Jr., Lantana Santaluces; Tommy Duhart, DL, 6-4, 290, Jr., Glades Central; Rashaad Duncan, DL, 6-2, 295, Sr., Glades Central; Ricky Gary, DB, 5-9, 175, So., Pahokee; Buddy Jackson, DB, 6-0, 175, Fr., Cypress Bay; Jared Martin, OL, 6-2, 285, So., Western; Cedric McGee, WR, 6-1, 205, Jr., Plantation; Gus Mustakas, DL, 6-3, 280, Jr., Chaminade-Madonna; Tamarcus Porter, WR, 6-0, 195, Jr., Pahokee; Jabaal Sheard, DL, 6-4, 250, So., Hollywood Hills and Joe Trebitz, LB, 6-3, 200, Fr., West Boca Raton.

LARRY BLUSTEIN
Lblustein@miamiherald.com

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