Berkeley QB Darius Douglas ready to walk-on with Gamecocks
South Carolina might have at least one quarterback moving on this offseason.
Douglas has been on the roster since 2017 and came to USC out of Berkeley High School near Charleston.
When Douglas signed, he’d considered smaller schools, but wanted to take a run at a big school.
“It was really stressful,” Douglas said. “It was a lot of times where I’d say it and I think it to myself, ‘Is this really what you want to do?’ I once read a quote and it said, ‘If your dreams don’t scare you, you’re not dreaming big enough.’ And I knew I was dreaming the right dream because it was actually scaring me to work harder and actually achieve that dream.”
He was in a quarterback room with starter Jake Bentley, scholarship backups Dakereon Joyner, Ryan Hilinski and Jay Urich (who was at wide receiver most of the spring game), plus fellow walk-on Corbett Glick.
As a high school senior, Douglas threw for 2,112 yards and 28 touchdowns with 760 yards and 13 scores rushing. He led the Stags to a 9-3 record.
He had an offer from S.C. State and interest from N.C. A&T and Presbyterian out of high school, but South Carolina caught his attention the summer before his senior year and the walk-on route became what he wanted.
In two seasons in Columbia, Douglas was on the scout team and sometimes helped out at running back in drills. He has not seen any game action.