Pineville senior linebacker Andrew Douglas will be continuing his football career at the University of the Cumberlands. Douglas signed his national letter of intent and held a signing ceremony at the high school on Tuesday.
Douglas received an honorable mention on the Kentucky AP All-State team after leading the Mountain Lions with 109 tackles. He also ran for over 700 yards as a fullback and scored 14 touchdowns as Pineville went 6-6 and won their second playoff game in the past three seasons.
“It’s an honor and a blessing. First of all, I want to thank God for everything He’s done in my life. I couldn’t have done this without Him,” Douglas said. “I also want to thank all of my football coaches and everybody who has helped me to get through my high school career. My dream has always been to play college football and I want to thank Cumberlands for giving me the opportunity to make that dream come true.”
Douglas will be playing linebacker for the Patriots, who have posted seven straight winning seasons under head coach John Bland. Cumberlands, located in Williamsburg, went 10-2 last year and finished second in the Eastern Division of the Mid-South Conference.
“Hopefully I can come in and play,” Douglas said. “They’re returning a good linebacker, so I’m going to follow him and hopefully I can learn a lot from him.”
Patriot defensive coordinator Michael Collins handles local recruiting for Cumberlands and said players like Douglas are just what they’re looking for.
“It’s a great day for us at the University of the Cumberlands. We love to get young men close to us that will come over and help contribute, be a part of the family and win some championships. Of course, we want them all to graduate from school,” Collins said. “Everything we’re looking for we see in Andrew, he’s a great young man both on and off the field. We feel like it’s a great fit — success is something we want to have, on and off the field, and he brings both of those to the table.”
Mountain Lion head coach Bart Elam said it was a proud day and that Cumberlands was getting a great kid.
“Dougie has just grown so much as a person, and I’m more proud of him for that than anything,” Elam. “He’s a great kid, a good commuity member, a good church member, just a great all-around kid. He’s a fantastic football player, too. I think he’s got a lot of potential and if he sticks with it and works hard he’s going to be fine. We’re just excited that he’s moving on and taking this next step.”