Wide receiver Caleb Douglas (Missouri City, Tex./Hightower) became commitment No. 10 in USC's 2022 recruiting class when he announced his pledge Tuesday afternoon. The 6-foot-3, 185-pound prospect is a three-star recruit and the nation's No. 699 overall prospect, but those numbers don't tell the entire story.
Douglas played quarterback up until last season, when he made the move to wide receiver. New to the position, he caught 20 passes for 237 yards in seven games. Colorado, Houston and Kansas saw enough in that time to extend offers, but it was this past spring when Douglas really started to heat up on the recruiting trail while playing wide receiver full time. Baylor, Vanderbilt, Utah, Texas Tech and Virginia Tech all offered before USC extended a scholarship offer in mid-April.
Douglas announced a commitment to Baylor at the end of June but backed away from that in early August, not long after an official scholarship offer came in from USC. Douglas ultimately didn't waste much time in committing to USC, which he has long held as a dream school.
Wide receiver has been an interesting position for USC on the recruiting trail. The Trojans didn't land the elite in-state prospects in the 2021 class, but did get four-star Kyron Ware-Hudson to go along with Nevada's Michael Jackson III and Texas' Joseph Manjack IV. Both Jackson and Manjack have been terrific early in their USC careers, looking as if they could ultimately outplay their three-star recruiting rankings.
In the 2022 class, local standouts C.J. Williams (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei) and Tetairoa McMillan (Anaheim, Calif./Servite) were seen as the two must-get receivers for USC. But Williams made a recent commitment to Notre Dame and McMillan is getting a hard push from Arizona and Oregon in addition to USC and will announce his commitment soon.
Douglas is definitely more potential than production at this point, but USC won't get credit for anything Douglas does in high school. It will be worth watching his production as a senior, now with a full year of experience at wide receiver.
USC's 2022 quarterback commit, Devin Brown (Draper, Utah/Corner Canyon) was fired up about the commitment.
Douglas joins Kevin Green Jr. (Mission Hills, Calif./Alemany) as wide receivers in this class so far. The 5-foot-11, 165-pound Green and the 6-foot-3 Douglas present contrasting styles that fit this USC wide receiver roster that has so many different body types on it.