Douglas, the promising offensive tackle who quit the University of Tennessee squad March 25, will enroll at Arizona Western College in Yuma, Ariz.
The News Sentinel confirmed Friday night that Douglas will join former Maryville High School teammates Brent Burnette and Tyler Clendenen at the junior college on the Arizona-California border.
Yuma is a 29-hour drive from Knoxville, according to Mapquest.com.
The Arizona Western campus is considerably closer to Southern California, should Douglas decide to eventually re-connect with Lane Kiffin, the second of three UT coaches with whom Douglas was involved.
Douglas, who had been signed to UT by Phillip Fulmer in 2008, left the school where both his father David and mother Karla were athletes in the 1980s.
After his redshirt year at UT, Douglas was moved from tight end to tackle by Kiffin, who replaced Fulmer after the 2008 season.
Douglas, a coverted tight end, was starting by his fourth game last fall. He earned second-team Freshman All-America honors and was to be the only returning starter on the offensive line in 2010.
Then Kiffin left for USC in January and Derek Dooley was hired within the week.
Douglas’ departure was a stunning development as spring practice was getting ready to start.
Dooley, citing Douglas’ need to get away from home, told Douglas he would only release him from his scholarship to transfer to a school at least an eight-hour drive from Knoxville.
Since Douglas chose a junior college, the release is a moot point. From Arizona Western, Douglas can transfer to a four-year school and have two years of eligibility remaining in 2011 and 2012.
The three Maryville teammates shared a state title in 2007, then went different directions in college: Douglas to UT, Burnette to Middle Tennessee State and Clendenen to Tusculum.
All redshirted in 2008.
The 6-3, 210-pound Burnette, the 2007 Class 4A Mr. Football, played in eight games last year at quarterback, throwing one of his two TD passes in the New Orleans Bowl win over Southern Miss.
Clendenen, a 6-1, 180-pound receiver, was one of Burnette’s favorite targets at Maryville, catching 51 passes in 2007. He played five games at Tusculum last fall. His only statistics were four punt returns.
Arizona Western was 9-2 and won the Western States Football League championship in 2009. The Matadors were ranked No. 7 in the National Junior College Athletic Association top 20 poll.
Arizona Western lost 27-24 to East Mississippi in the Mississippi Bowl on Dec. 6 in Biloxi, Miss.
Former NFL running back Chuck Munice started his college career there.
Douglas has not talked to the media since his departure from UT and his parents have declined to comment on the matter publicly.
However, Douglas did offer a hint on his Facebook page Friday.
“Thank you lord for this great oppurtunity and these great people in my life. No more sitting back it’s time to go and get it!!!”