Just three days after telling Barkboard that he was granted his release from Humboldt State University and looked at Fresno State as a possible destination, former Lemoore (Calif.) running back Richard Doctor has opted to stay in Eureka (Calif.), Doctor said on June 27.
Doctor was granted his release from HSU on June 23 and expressed interest in landing at Cal Poly or Fresno State. However, after spending the weekend to think about where he wanted to go, Doctor said he felt in his heart that it was just best for him to finish off with the Lumberjacks.
“I had a lot of talks with my coaches, particularly my running backs coach. Humboldt is kind of my second home. I felt like it wouldn’t feel right for me to leave,” Doctor said. “It’s a great place and I can’t imagine myself leaving.”
The 2014 graduate of Lemoore High earned All-West Yosemite League honors two years in a row and won The Hanford Sentinel Player of the Year award twice, sharing the 2013 honor with Hanford High’s Jake Young. Doctor is best known in the 559 for finishing out his senior season with 2,504 rushing yards and 32 touchdowns with the Tigers.
Doctor was mainly recruited by NCAA Division II programs before deciding to accept Humboldt State’s scholarship offer in March 2014. He did tell Barkboard that Fresno State offered him a walk-on opportunity, but decided to stick with Humboldt’s scholarship.