Vineland High School’s Toure Douglas is going to the big city.
The senior wide receiver will attend and play football at Columbia University in New York City next fall.
Douglas officially made his announcement on Friday at the school’s pep rally, putting on a Columbia blue hat and jersey.
“A lot of stress has been lifted off my shoulders with this decision,” said Douglas, who made his final decision on Wednesday. “I had a lot of help and support from my family and coaches along the way and that was so important for me.”
Douglas had been recruited by several schools and narrowed the list down to Bryant, Lehigh, Columbia and Yale, but said he felt the most comfortable with the school located in Manhattan.
“I’m not a big city guy, but I just loved the whole atmosphere of Columbia, it had a real college feel,” Douglas said. “It’s a very unique situation for me. Educational and career-wise, it was the best choice for me.”
Douglas, who is president of the senior class, ranks seventh out of 670-plus students in his class and boasts a 4.31 GPA. He will study business.
Columbia is coming off a 3-7 season and is coached by Pete Mangurian, who turned the Cornell program around from 1998-2000. The Lions’ wide receiver coach is Wendell Davis, a former NFL wideout with the Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts.
— From staff reports