I once went to school with a girl named Misty Sky. She went on to become a stripper after high school. OK that story isn’t true, but just because I don’t have any ancedotal evidience does not mean that some people seem to have their destiny set at the signing of their birth certificate. For example Dexter McDougle, there’s a great football name. This guy isn’t going to be working at Staples or in an IT Department with a name like that, that is a football name. I know I touched on this name thing with Lorne Goree, but bear with me, I get caught up on this kind of stuff.
But even if you took Dexter and made him change his name to Irvin SImpleton, he would still be a great addition to the 2009 class. Dexter can do it all. He comes to us from Falmouth, VA where he played football for Stafford Senior High School. For those who really take Maryland football seriously (and shouldn’t we all) you already know that this is the same High School as Torrey Smith, also known as TD’s nomination for 2009 break out player of the year. Not that choosing him makes us pioneers going out on some limb, it just pretty much seems like a no brainer at this point.
But going back to Dexter, while at SSHS he did everything but cut the grass. He played some free saftey, he played some cornerback. On the other side of the ball he played both running back and wide receiver. In his senior year he recorded 97 tackles and 6 interceptions. Not impressed? Okay, lets throw in that he caught 11 TD’s as well….still not impressed. OK, I’ll see the 11 TD”s through the air and add 9 more on the ground. STILL NOT IMPRESSED?? How about we toss in a punt return for a TD as well as two kick off returns. And if you are still on the fence about Dexter, let’s give him a 3.5 GPA to go along with all of those on the field accomplishments.
Dexter, who comes to us at 6’0″ and weighing 185 pounds also runs the 40 in 4.5 seconds. All this was enough for him to be named the 63rd best safety in the Nation by Scout.com. Rivals.com had him as the 76th best safety. Dexter also drew some interest from both South Carolina, and Virginia Tech. Ralph is so high on this guy that he thinks he may challenge right away for the kick off return job, which I would be fine with. He can handle that while Torrey Smith sits safely on the bench waiting for Chris Turner to take the field.
On a personal note, Dexter was born on April 8, 1991 in Woodbridge VA. Which takes us to this day in History. Well I’m going to go personal on this on, and I’m going to make myself feel old. Though it was not on this day, it was about this day, I and my dad attended the last opening day at Memorial Stadium. So think of any stadium that was shut down before you turned 1. That is how old Memorial Stadium would be to Dexter McDougle. At any rate that was also a special year because 1991 was the year Cal Ripken won his 2nd MVP award. Oh those were the days.
Anyway, welcome to Maryland Dexter. I’m no scouting expert, but I can’t help but feeling we got a steal when your letter of intent got faxed in. Good luck and we wish you the best.
Personal plug. Some of the members of our Maryland tailgating group will be getting together in Federal Hill tonight to participate in the “Flip the Cups to Save the Cups” Flip Cup tournament to benefit breat cancer research. I may have massacred the name, but you get the point. At any rate, I’ll fill you in on how we did the next time I post. If you are in the neighborhood, we’ll be the team that is probably taking it a little too seriously!