Woodstock’s Tyler Douthit has no shortage of college programs recruiting him as he prepares for his senior year.
The 6-foot-5, 280-pound offensive lineman has more than 20 offers, including Maryland, Princeton and Tennessee Tech, with more likely to roll in as the season begins.
“It is really motivating because I was not entirely sure where I would end up,” Douthit said. “Just knowing there are schools willing to take a chance on me and let me play for them motivates me.”
Douthit prides himself on leading Woodstock’s offensive line, a unit he said is the foundation of every football team. Second-year coach Troy Hoff saw Douthit’s potential immediately when he took over and is excited to have the veteran offensive lineman in the program for one more season.
“You have to look at his physical traits,” Hoff said. “He is 6-foot-5, 280-plus and he moves well and plays physical. There is a premium on getting that type of player in your program at the next level. “
Douthit excels on the field, but he also places an emphasis on his academic performance. Hoff said Douthit’s grade-point average has opened a plethora of doors and opportunities for him, especially with offers like the Ivy League’s Princeton and Columbia.
Douthit said he models his game after Quentin Nelson, the Indianapolis Colts’ All-Pro offensive lineman. The two are dominant interior forces for their respective teams, and Douthit worked to improve his technical skills this offseason.
“I really focus on the technique side of the game, and I always give everything I have out there on the field for my team,” Douthit said.
Douthit grew up watching football and envisioning his place on the field. He put on his pads as early as he could play organized football and has professional-caliber success in the family.
His uncle, Adam Meadows, was a star offensive lineman at McEachern High School in Cobb County before moving on to play at Georgia and then the NFL as a second-round pick of the Colts in 1997.
“I have always had a love for the game,” Douthit said. “I have played since I was in first grade, and I also had an uncle who played in college and the NFL. I always loved the game, and they helped with that, too.”
Douthit has seen a higher standard at Woodstock since Hoff’s arrival, both for himself and the team as a whole. Though the Wolverines went 0-10 last year, Douthit is determined to help the team win some games in 2022.
“He has done a great job as a leader this offseason,” Hoff said. “He is a guy that comes to work every day and does a great job, not just leading the offensive line, but also this entire team.”