Former St. Elizabeth High star Dave Douglas III has transferred and will play his senior season at Oakland.
Douglas’ father, Dave Jr., was hospitalized earlier this year and said he was later diagnosed with diabetes. The associated costs put a strain on the family budget.
“With the costs of the medication, we could no longer afford the tuition,” the elder Douglas said. “That’s why we ended up enrolling in the Oakland Unified School District and they placed him at Oakland High because we live in that district.”
Douglas, a running back/safety who already owns four scholarship offers, was the leading rusher at St. Elizabeth with more than 1,100 yards last year. As a sophomore, he was limited by injury to just six games but still totaled 867 yards and led the Mustangs to the North Coast Section Class B title.
The younger Douglas said it was tough to leave St. Elizabeth, but he’s excited for the challenge of playing in the Oakland Athletic League with the defending regular season tri-champions.
“I appreciate everything coach (Fred) Sims and the St. Elizabeth family has done,” Douglas III said. “I’m looking forward to tag teaming with (Wildcat stars) Damante Horton, Charles Cobbs and Earl Harris.”
The 5-foot-11, 180-pound Douglas has offers from Fresno State, San Diego State, Cal Poly and Army and has drawn interest from the Pac-10 Conference. The point guard also expects to play on the Wildcats basketball team.