Former Vol could wind up in the ACC

Several ACC schools could be in the running for former Tennessee offensive lineman Aaron Douglas.

A Freshman All-American last season for the Vols, Douglas has asked for a release and plans to transfer.

One of the schools potentially on his list, North Carolina, probably won’t be a possibility. Tennessee coach Derek Dooley has said that he won’t release Douglas to a school on the Vols’ schedule, and they face North Carolina during the 2011 and 2012 seasons.

Douglas will have to sit out the 2010 season, but would then have two years of eligibility remaining in 2011 and 2012.

So while North Carolina might not be an option, look for Clemson, Duke and Georgia Tech to all be possibilities.

Douglas has family in the Carolinas and has ties to both the Clemson and Duke staffs.

Clemson defensive line coach Dan Brooks was involved in recruiting Douglas out of high school in Maryville, Tenn., when Brooks was on the Tennessee staff.

Also, Duke coach David Cutcliffe is well aware of Douglas from his years on the Tennessee staff. Douglas’ father, David Douglas, was an offensive lineman at Tennessee in the mid 1980s and went on to play in the NFL. His mother, Karla Horton Douglas, was a starter on the Lady Vols’ 1987 national championship basketball team.