The 6-foot-1, 200-pound Winnetonka (Mo.) safety, who’s had his hands full with baseball this summer, said he stays in contact with secondary coach John Neal on a regular basis through social media.
“He’s very interested in me and I’m very interested in them as well,” Doherty said. “It’s definitely a good relationship that we have.”
Right now he claims no favorites, but he said the Ducks have stood out to him for a few reasons, one of them being the way they promote themselves as anti-tradition.
“Obviously the playing style, the recent success and the tradition of no tradition,” Doherty said. “A lot of these schools have this big tradition of 100 years of football to look back on and Oregon football is just coming up on the rise.”
The biggest factor with his recruitment may come down to whether he can participate in both baseball and football at the next level. After inquiring about the possibility of doing both with Ducks assistant coach Mark Wasikowski, Doherty learned that both coaching staffs are on board with the idea.
Getting an opportunity to play under veteran head coach George Horton also appeals to him.
“He’s been there and done that,” Doherty said. “He could teach me so much about the game and better myself as a player. It would be an all-around great experience.”
Doherty is no stranger to Eugene, having visited for an NFTC camp in the past. The longer he stuck around and examined the city, the more he came to like it.
“I just liked the feel of the town and the campus when I was there,” Doherty said. “I didn’t go on a visit or anything. I was just walking around, going to different restaurants and stuff like that. I felt comfortable there.”
Doherty plans on narrowing down his options next month. As of right now, he’s only sure of two programs that will make the cut and also receive an official visit in the future.
“Oregon and Louisville are definitely two for sure,” he said.
Due to his baseball schedule, Doherty doesn’t plan on taking any unofficial visits before fall camp begins. However, if a weekend does open up he said he’d consider scheduling one, which would likely be to a program closer to home.