Dutch Visits Maryland

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6-0, 190 pound Gonzaga (DC) wide receiver Doug Dutch indicated his visit to the University of Maryland this past weekend was comparable to the rest, with the one difference being familiarity with the program.

“It was fine,” Dutch said. “I finally had a chance to officially visit the school and it was my first time staying overnight, so that was nice to see. It was cool seeing a place close to home. I related pretty well with the players, and it was nice to have guys who knew about the town. I related to the guys that way. It was a little different than the rest, because I’ve been to the school, I’m comfortable with it, and I knew the area.”

Originally scheduled to visit Maryland unofficially this weekend, Dutch eliminated Pittsburgh from consideration and decided to make it an official visit. He is now only a mere official visit away from thinking about a decision. Right now, he seems undecided in terms of which school he will end up choosing.

“No,” Dutch said when asked if he had any idea of where he would go to school. “I try not to think about it too much. They are all the same right now, and I like a lot of things about each of the schools. I’ll probably make my decision after my Florida visit, and it’s going to be tough.”

Dutch’s first official visit was to the University of Virginia. He then made trips to Miami and Michigan, and then to Maryland. Though it seems a long time has past since his trip to Virginia, he says the Cavaliers remain one of the top schools with the rest of his top five.

“The positives about Virginia are that they are recruiting me hard, they are a good program, and that they are a really good school,” Dutch said. “Their coaches are always stopping by here and talking to me. They are still one of my top schools.”

With wide receiver being a major target in this year’s class, the Cavaliers are looking to bring in two top-notch receiver prospects. If they were to land another top receiver, it may actually help with Dutch.

“Yeah of course it would help,” Dutch said. “You always want somebody as good as you on the opposite side, so you don’t get double-teamed every play. It would be another positive if they landed another top receiver.”

Following Christmas break, fans can catch Doug in the Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas. The game is on January 3, 2004.

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