January 4, 2009

BC staying in touch with Doughty

While Boston College has not yet extended an offer to Coconut Creek (Fla.) North Broward junior quarterback Brandon Doughty the Eagles have made it clear that they are very interested. Several other schools are also taking a hard look at the 6-foot-3, 186-pound pocket passer. Where do things stand with him now?

Doughty is still waiting for his first offer to come in, but there has been so much interest from Division I schools one has to believe it is only a matter of time until it comes. He had a strong junior season both statistically and in terms of helping his team to wins.

"We ended up going 10-0 in the regular season," Doughty recalled. "Then we lost in the first round of the playoffs to Gulliver Prep. We had a good year and came together really well. We were fighting injury problems the whole year, so when we got a couple of kids back who had been hurt we started rolling. It was the first time our school went to the playoffs so it was a big year.

Doughty was a huge reason for that success. He completed 68-percent of his passes for 2,400 yards and 26 touchdowns while rushing for seven more. Nonetheless, like all winners, he was not content.

"It was really tough (to lose). We didn't play our best game. We didn't play mistake-free football and we lost in the last 13 seconds of the game. It was tough."

He has been hearing a lot recently from Boston College, Michigan State, Purdue and NC State.

"I haven't had a chance to (visit) anywhere this year. Basically I just focused on my season so outside stuff wouldn't affect my play."

Last year Doughty attended one-day camps at Boston College, Wisconsin and Florida. While he does not yet have any favorites he is already serious about the recruiting process.

"To tell you the truth I haven't put too much about into (favorites). I have to sit down with my family and talk about it a little bit.

"I think my pocket presence and ability to read the defense is pretty advanced and I know all the offensive line's blocking schemes. That's huge for the high school level. My arm strength has improved by leaps and bounds, now I'm just trying to touch things up and become sharper.

"I don't know exactly what type of system I would fit best in. I guess a pro-style offense would be ideal because that's what you see in the NFL. You really don't see many NFL teams running the spread."

Boston College has shown as much interest as any school up to this point. Don't expect that to change any time soon.

"Actually (coach) Ryan Day came down to Florida either last week or two weeks ago and we talked for a while. We broke down some plays and stuff like that. We went over a couple of things and I got a lot out of it."

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