Sad news out of the recruiting world.
Aaron Douglas, who was projected to start at offensive tackle for Alabama, was found dead on Thursday morning in Jacksonville, Fla., according to al.com:
Fernandina Beach police chief James Hurley was asked by a reporter in Florida if Douglas’ death could be a drug and alcohol overdose. “That would be the preliminary guess,” Hurley said. “But it’s just a guess. There was no obvious trauma or cause of death that was obvious to us, nothing that would be fatal. It’s a suspicion at this point.”
His last Tweet was on Wednesday evening, according to his Twitter account.
Douglas was one of the nation’s top 2011 recruits out of junior college this past year, signing with Alabama in December. He enrolled at Alabama in January.
He was from the Knoxville, Tenn., area and began his college career at Tennessee, earning freshman All-America honors in 2009. More on his background from the Knoxville News:
Douglas blossomed on the offensive line as a freshman under Lane Kiffin after signing originally with Phillip Fulmer, and the possibility of another coaching transition never seemed to appeal to him in early 2010. He later admitted to battling depression after parting ways with UT and Dooley, who stipulated Douglas transfer at least eight hours away from home as part of the separation from the program.
Douglas fulfilled his end of the deal at Arizona Western College then signed with Alabama, a school that would have given him two games against the Vols before his collegiate career ended.