Doctor told Barkboard that he was granted his release from Humboldt State on June 23. Being released from a college program still means that the school a player is trying to transfer out of can actually return to the team, but it also gives permission for other college programs to talk to the student-athlete, both Doctor and his father Richard Doctor Sr. said.
Doctor accepted a late scholarship offer from Humboldt State in March 2014 following a decorated high school career that saw him earn The Hanford Sentinel 2012 Player of the Year award, The Sentinel’s 2013 Co-Player of the Year honor and land on the All-West Yosemite League First Team two seasons in a row.
The 5-foot-8, 195-pound Doctor has already completed two seasons in Eureka (Calif.), totaling 719 career rushing yards and eight touchdowns for the Lumberjacks. Doctor told Barkboard that two factors played into his decision to ask for his release: the coaching structure and a specific academic program that wasn’t available at HSU.
“A couple of coaches who recruited me left,” Doctor said. “Plus HSU has environmental engineering, but I want something in the mechanical engineering field, which wasn’t offered.”
Doctor Sr. said that his son “has no hard feelings” toward HSU, but confirmed that the revolving door of coaches plus the engineering aspect led to his son’s decision.
Doctor, a 2014 graduate of Lemoore High, has been doing his speed and weight lifting at the Bod-E-Shop gym in Clovis this summer. Doctor said he likes the possibility of suiting up for the Bulldogs.
“It’s close to home and I really wanted to go there after high school,” Doctor said. “The fact that it’s close to home appeals to me. I’ve always liked Fresno State.”
Doctor rushed for 32 touchdowns during his final season in a Lemoore uniform. Despite putting up astronomical numbers, he said he received little interest from Fresno State’s previous staff and didn’t draw much attention from Football Bowl Subdivision programs. His other reported scholarship offer came from the University of Nebraska-Kearney, an NCAA Division II program.
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