With class of 2013 quarterbacks flying off the board this past spring and summer, attention is already focused on the 2014 crop as the recruiting timeline for that particular position continues to push forward.
One quarterback for fans to keep an eye on in next year’s class is Drew Doxtator (Henderson, Nev./Foothill), as college coaches are already well aware of the 6-foot-3, 175-pound signal caller. Recruiting is picking up in a big way for the junior quarterback, as 37 schools have already expressed interest. Though he hasn’t been offered yet, some of the schools standing out at this point include Boise State, Florida State, Michigan, Nebraska, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA and Wisconsin.
Doxtator said Nebraska is the school showing the most early interest. With the Cornhuskers out West to face the Bruins this past weekend, the quarterback took the opportunity to scout out two of his early leaders.
“I thought it was great,” Doxtator said of his first unofficial visit. “The game was very intense pretty much the entire time. I definitely liked both sets of offense and how they’d mix it up.”
Doxtator made a name for himself as a sophomore, when he threw for 2,687 yards and 37 touchdowns against just six interceptions. This season, however, the Foothill team is depleted by transfers and ineligibility, which means it could be something of an uphill battle for Doxtator, who threw for 257 yards in a season-opening 47-6 defeat.
But that won’t keep programs away from a quarterback who participated in the Las Vegas Elite 11 camp this past summer, as well as a Stanford football camp. Though he considers himself more of a pro-style quarterback, he prides himself on his athletic ability and said he can pull the ball down and run if need be. The schools showing early interest are comprised of a wide variety of offenses, which could become interesting when it comes time for scholarship offers and weighing pros and cons.
“I’m all about trying to get in and get playing time,” he said. “My No. 1 thing is a school where I can redshirt a year and play, or play right away. Then it’s definitely having more of a pro-style offense, because the hope is to get to the next level.”
While Doxtator thought he might have plenty of time to make a decision, the increased recruiting attention has him thinking about the real possibility of announcing an early commitment. If schools continue to show the same interest and offers follow this fall and next spring, Doxtator said he doesn’t expect his process to unfold in a lengthy manner.
“My initial thought going into last season as a sophomore was that I wouldn’t get looked at until my senior year,” he said. “But now that this is happening, I’ll probably figure it out sometime in the next offseason.”
After the trip to UCLA, where he had the opportunity to speak with several Bruins coaches, Doxtator said he is looking to concentrate on his high school season. Though, there is a late-season college game that caught his eye.
“Oregon plays Oregon State on my birthday,” he said. “But I haven’t put too much thought into that or other game. My main focus is on my high school football.”