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Eric Douglas is a talented freshman who could see playing time by 2018

Even when Shawn Elliot left, Douglas decided he was still going to stay a Gamecock

Welcome to offensive line week! The Final Cockdown is going take the next two weeks to appreciate the underappreciated big guys who make room for big runs and clean pockets. Here’s a list of who we’ll go through the next 13 days:

DJ Park | Zack Bailey | Christian Pellage | Alan Knott | Cory Helms | Donell Stanley | Malik Young | Blake Camper | Dennis Daley | Jordon Carty | Eric Douglas | Chandler Farrell | Summie Carlay | Jordan Rhodes

Eric Douglas

Freshman / 6’5” / 297 / Charlotte, N.C. / Mallard Creek

Eric Douglas is a great example of “committing to the school, not the coach”. So often when an assistant leaves for another job, those kids he recruited can have second thoughts as to whether or not they really committed to the school or the assistant.

But Douglas reiterated in a story by Mike Wilson at SEC Country, he was always 110 percent committed to the Gamecocks whether or not Shawn Elliot was on staff.

“I told him, ‘I’m 110 percent; I don’t care who you bring in. I’m 100 percent committed to this program and I’m ready to make a change,’” Douglas said. “He was like, ‘Good, that’s what I wanted to hear. If not, I was going to come to Mallard Creek and I was going to have to beat you up.’

“I was like, ‘You don’t have to beat me up because I’m going to be right there with you.’” - Eric Douglas to Will Muschamp

Though Douglas may not see any time this season, he has the size and aggression to be an intriguing prospect come 2018 or 2019.

Select highlight: Here’s Douglas’ senior Hudl tape. He is a very violent man.

2016 Stats: N/A

Recruitment: Three-star; offers from Clemson, Penn State, NC State, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, West Virginia and South Carolina. Committed to the Gamecocks on April 6, 2016.

Next Up: Christian Pellage, looking to rebound after being redshirted as a sophomore in 2016.