The University of Miami impressed Gonzaga (Washington, DC) wide receiver Doug Dutch this weekend, and not just with its football program. Heading into the trip, Dutch wanted to find out more about the school’s academic situation, and he learned a lot this weekend.
“It was nice,” Dutch said of his visit. “I had a chance to see the campus up close, and other things. I learned more about their academics, which was good. They graduate almost all of their seniors that don’t go to the league. They take care of their players with academic support and tutors, which is important. They have a 13-1 student-to-professor ratio, so they have small classes.”
He was also impressed with Miami’s campus, as well as the weather.
“It was hot,” Dutch said with a laugh. “I was wearing shorts there the whole time, and then I came home and I had to wear heavy clothes. It was also a very nice campus. It was pretty small and it was very diverse.”
Dutch was hosted by freshman free safety Willie Cooper and freshman strong safety Jon Beason. He got along well with his hosts throughout the weekend.
Comparing his visit to Miami with his first visit to Virginia, Dutch indicated the social atmosphere was the primary difference between the two.
“Overall, there is more to do down there,” Dutch said. “They showed me around, I had a chance to hang out with the players, and I got to see the facilites and everything. One thing I did for the first time was come up with my first music hit. I was freestyling with my hosts, and we had a chance to record it. We recorded it and listened to ourselves when we drove across campus. It was fun.”
Though he had a great time on the visit, Dutch acknowledged he did not think about committing. He wants to make all of his official visits and hopes to announce his decision in February.
“Nah I didn’t [think about committing],” Dutch said. “Miami is one of my top schools though. I’m going to take the rest of my visits and I want to decide on Signing Day.”
Miami and Virginia appear to both remain as two of Dutch’s “top schools.”
“I really like both schools,” Dutch said of Miami and Virginia. “Virginia is still a top school as well. I don’t really have any favorites right now.”
In terms of playing time, Virginia has indicated Dutch could compete for early playing...
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