Top Target: Doug Dutch

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Speed is the name of today’s college football game, and Gonzaga Prep (DC) prospect Douglas Dutch has a lot of it. No doubt colleges from around the country are drooling at the prospect of having a 6-2, 185 pound wide receiver/defensive back who can consistently run a 4.3 in the 40 yard dash.

A versatile player, Dutch plays wide receiver, defensive back, and returns punts and kick-offs. As a junior, he averaged 21 yards per catch, 12.5 yards per punt return, and returned five kick-offs for 267 yards for an unbelievable 53.4 average per return.

Dutch has so far drawn scholarship offers from eight schools and counting, including Maryland, Virginia, Penn State, Boston College, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, and Syracuse, and, according to Gonzaga head coach Kenny Lucas, has received serious interest from Florida, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, and Georgia Tech, to name a few.

What also has college coaches drooling is Dutch’s impressive academic crudentials, which, combined with his outstanding athletic ability, make him a coach’s dream prospect.

“Doug has done a fantastic job here at Gonzaga,” said coach Kenny Lucas. “He has a world of talent athletically and, at the same time, has maintained a great GPA (3.9) while playing three sports. Douglas is just a great all-around kid.”

As the prospect of having countless scholarship offers looming in the near future, Dutch is preparing to narrow his choices around summer time. Though he is wide open right now, narrowing his list is an important item on his summer agenda.

“I’ve seen Virginia and Maryland quite a bit, just going to practices and different things, and I went to the University of Florida this year as well – I definitely like the weather down there,” said Dutch. “I’m wide open right now though. I will probably narrow things down during the summer. I want to then take all of my official visits. It’s an important decision, so I want to take my time.”

“My final decision will be based on academics, my relationship with the players and coaches, the school’s campus, and the opportunity for early playing time.”

In order to better prepare himself for his senior season and, subsequently, his college career, Dutch has given up basketball, which was one of his three sports before this year.

The move has paid off for Dutch, and he feels excited by his new progress.

“Giving up basketball has helped me a lot,” said Dutch. “I have gained