Nittany Lions pluck Ohio cornerback

Ross Douglas (Avon, Ohio/Avon) fell in love with Penn State the minute he stepped on campus for its junior day on Feb. 18, but the plan was to still let the recruiting process play out and not rush into a decision.

It didn’t take long for Douglas to change his mind. On Wednesday, Douglas decided to commit to Penn State.

“It blew me away when I went up for the junior day,” Douglas said. “I woke up this morning and said I had to be at Penn State.

“Me and my dad talked about letting the process play out. Today I said ‘I don’t need to let it play out. I know where I want to go already.’ ”

When asked what specifically blew him away about his visit, Douglas’ reply was pretty simple: “Everything.”

“The coaching staff, the people around me, everything was state of the art,” he said.

Academics also played a key role in his commitment. Douglas plans to major in either sports management or marketing.

“Academics is preached in my house,” he said, “so I’m definitely getting a degree.”

Douglas called Nittany Lions coach Bill O’Brien in the morning to give him the news, and Douglas said O’Brien told him the commitment made his day.

Even at 5-foot-10 and 178 pounds, Douglas said the Lions staff likes the attitude he brings to the field.

“They said I’m a playmaker. They like that I’m tough, and they said I can come in and compete and can play early,” Douglas said.

There was some thought that the scandal at Penn State could set the program back years when it came to recruiting, but Douglas said it had no effect on him.

“No not at all. That’s old news,” he said.