Texas WR Talks Recruiting & Duke

As the drive to Signing Day 2011 begins to intensify, there are a number of prospects debating the merits of waiting until the end of their season and speeding up their recruitment. One player undertaking just such a debate is Texas prospect Josh Doctson.

"Right now I'm talking to several schools," said Mansfield (Tex.) Legacy standout receiver Josh Doctson. "I don't have any leading contenders at this point, but I know I want to go to school on either the West or East coast. I want to be able to see myself living on the campus and being part of the surrounding community."

Doctson is currently reporting three offers from Duke, Wyoming, and Tulsa. The 6-foot-3 receiver is also receiving interest from TCU, Stanford, and UCLA. And while he'd like to wait the process out until the end of his senior season, that option may not be in the cards.

"I'm a 17 year old young man and this can all be overwhelming," said Doctson of the recruiting process. "In a perfect world I would love to be able to have time to hear all the offers, weigh them, and then make my decision. But I'll probably have to speed that up a bit."

Speeding up the process is all about the numbers game in college recruiting. As summer gives way to fall a number of programs will be approaching their recruiting class' capacity. With such a scholarship crunch occurring at various schools the idea of getting more serious and ultimately committing to a program can turn into a game of cat and mouse. Something Doctson is aware of, and the reason he's taking steps to process things faster.

One of the schools that has been involved for a while has been Duke. The Blue Devils offense has a number of talented receivers and it would appear as though the Duke coaches believe Doctson could fit in well.

"I had a chance to visit the campus, and I like it. I would have to say Duke is one of my top choices on the East Coast. I loved how the coaching staff was very welcoming. I liked the campus and the layout. I liked the fact that they take the education part very seriously."

"Coach Roper was the one who scouted me and then contacted me when he could. I guess this is the way it goes, but he reached out to me via the Internet and things went from there."

Heading into his senior season Doctson says he's improved as a player by adding strength and speed to go along with a higher in-game sense of of how to use the entirety of his 6'3, 180 pound frame as he looks to improve on a solid junior campaign that netted 18 catches for 220 yards. He reports a personal best 40 time of 4.57.

With a decision date likely coming before the end of his season, Doctson knows there will come a time when he can sit down and reflect on the recruiting process. So what will he remember most?

"I think one of the things I will take away is that I have had a chance to visit a bunch of different states that I might not have had without football."


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