Former Berkeley High School standout quarterback Darius Douglas is returning to the Lowcountry after two years in Columbia.
Douglas walked on at the University of South Carolina after graduating in 2017. He begins a new journey at Charleston Southern in the fall for new Buccaneers football coach Autry Denson, who is scrapping a run-heavy approach and moving toward a more fun-and-gun offense.
Douglas (6-0, 200) never saw game action for the Gamecocks but did get a lot of work as a practice player. He was a redshirt in 2017 and scout-teamer in 2018.
He made the transfer announcement on Twitter Sunday, June 30.
“This has been His plan all along,” Douglas tweeted. “I just want to thank every coach and program that was willing to give me the opportunity to continue my education and showcase the talents the Lord has blessed me with on the field. It’s a marathon, not a sprint, and the continuation of my marathon will be at Charleston Southern University.”
Douglas was getting interest from smaller schools after combining for over 2,800 yards passing and rushing as a senior. He had a hand in 41 touchdowns in leading the Stags to a region crown and made the 2016 South Carolina Shrine Bowl team.
As a junior, he combined for over 2,300 yards and 25 touchdowns.
“He was getting a lot of interest from smaller schools,” BHS coach Randy Robinson said at the Douglas signing in April of 2017. “… I said you need to follow your heart. We had a meeting with his grandmother and mom. They were so supportive. They said you go where you want to go. His heart was with South Carolina the whole time. The other schools did show him some things he was interested in but in the end it was always South Carolina. He was going to take a shot at the SEC.”
Douglas will be eligible to play at CSU immediately and, ironically, will get a shot to play in Williams-Brice Stadium in September. The Buccaneers, 5-6 last season, play the Gamecocks on Sept. 7.