Gonzaga (DC) wide receiver Doug Dutch made his first official visit this weekend, traveling to Virginia. He had a great time, taking in the Virginia Tech versus Virginia basketball and football games and learning more about the program in general.
“It was nice,” Dutch said. “It was everything I expected. It gave me a chance to get a feel for the place and to bond with the players. It was definitely a place I could see myself being around [for the next four years].”
Virginia’s victory over Virginia Tech caught the 6-0, 190 pound wide receiver’s attention, though almost not as much as Virginia’s offensive play-calling.
“It was nice,” Dutch said of the game. “They threw the ball like 46 times. I knew they threw the ball, but I didn’t realize they threw it that much. The crowd was good. It was nice to be around the coaches and the players and see what it’s like to be a part of the team. After the game, Coach Groh, Coach Mike [Groh] and Coach Prince gave me high-fives and told me they want me to be apart of this.”
Dutch was hosted by Michael McGrew on Friday night and Alvin Pearman on Saturday night. He also spent time with Michael Johnson, among others, and spoke with fellow recruits including Dwayne Hendricks, Chris Long, Trimaine Goddard, and Andrew Bowman. He noted they seemed to be having a good time as well.
“I really got along well with Michael Johnson, who is a sophomore running back for them,” Dutch said. “I also talked to Alvin Pearman, Wali Lundy, and Marques Hagans. In fact, Alvin Pearman was my host on Saturday. Michael McGrew was my host on Friday night. Basically I talked to them about how they went about the process, and if they liked the school and the program. They told me they really liked it and they really want me.”
Virginia has indicated to Dutch he is one of their top targets on the offensive side of the ball. They emphasized their need for a big-play receiver to him this weekend as well. How much interest the staff has shown has made an impact on one of the country’s top wide receiver prospects.
“The coaches really emphasized how important I was to them,” Dutch said. “I sat down with Coach Groh, Coach Mike [Groh], and Coach Prince. They said I’d have a chance to play early. As long as I know the playbook and learn the plays, they think I could play early. They said basically, as long as I am ready then they are ready so I was like ‘alright’. That sounded...
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