Dutch Down to Five

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Gonzaga (DC) wide receiver Doug Dutch shuffled his list slightly, and will now make an official visit to Maryland this weekend. It appears he has eliminated Pittsburgh from the recruiting equation, and will now focus on Virginia, Miami, Michigan, Maryland, and Florida.

“My parents really wanted me to make the Maryland visit an official so they wouldn’t have to pay for it,” Dutch said. “Pittsburgh is out of it because I think I’m going to try and make my decision after my Florida visit.”

Dutch will make an official visit to Florida on January 9th-11th. Last weekend, he made his third official visit, as he went to the University of Michigan.

“The Michigan visit was nice,” Dutch said. “My parents liked it a lot. It’s a big college town, and it was fun down there. The academic presentation was really nice. The facilities there are also really nice. And the stadium is humongous! I was like, how does anyone play in here? (laughs)

“It was nice to see the campus overall. Coach Carr talked to me and told me how much they wanted me to come there.”

Comparing his first three official visits, Dutch said “those three visits all went very well. I’d give them all a ten. They are all great schools who are at the top of my list. It’s pretty much even right now.” In terms of choosing which visit he liked the most socially, Dutch said Miami.

Last night, UVA was in-home with the Gonzaga wide receiver. The Cavaliers were represented by Recruiting Coordinator and Defensive Line Coach Mike London, Offensive Coordinator and Offensive Line Coach Ron Prince, and Quarterbacks/Wide Receivers Coach and Dutch’s main recruiter Mike Groh.

Virginia has indicated to Dutch he would have an opportunity to gain early playing time if he chose them.

“Coach Mike, Coach Prince, and Coach London all came by last night,” Dutch said. “Basically they just wanted to see where they stood. They just chilled basically…they only stayed for an hour.”

Dutch has researched how he would fit in to each program that is recruiting him. Of the first three schools he has visited, Virginia and Michigan seem the likeliest opportunities for early playing time.

“I know I’d have a chance to play right away at Virginia,” Dutch said. “Miami’s returning six wide receivers. Michigan has only four receivers, and their wide receivers coach said that any freshmen that come in this year are going to have to play. That sounded pretty good to me.”

Following the Maryland visit and Christmas