Doxey Has UCLA in Top Two

The 6-1, 175-pound safety from San Diego (Calif.) Hoover, Todd Doxey, spent his summer playing basketball, but now he's focused on football and adding to the list of schools that have offered him a football scholarship. He's out to impress UCLA, for one...

A busy summer for San Diego (Calif.) Hoover safety Todd Doxey (6-1, 175) allowed him to only attend one camp, at USC, but he was active with sports. It just happened to be with AAU basketball.

This week, however, Doxey returned to the gridiron for the start of high school football practice, and Doxey thinks that September will be a big month in terms of scholarship offers.

"I still have just the five offers that I've had, but a bunch of schools have told me that they're watching my first few games to see if and when they'll offer," said Doxey. "Most schools said it's the first three games that will show them what they need to see."

One of those schools is UCLA, who has long been atop Doxey's leaderboard. "Coach (Dino) Babers said I definitely have the athleticism to play safety for them," said Doxey. "They're looking at me really close. I think my size might have been an issue because I have more of a slim build, but once I put on more weight, I think that will help. So I understand."

Along with UCLA is Arizona State, another school Doxey has kept among his favorites. "UCLA and Arizona State are probably my top schools and I'm looking at Oregon, too," said Doxey. "I think I'm going to wait on my decision and see what all of my offers are. If UCLA or Arizona State offered me, I would have a lot to think about, but I'd still wait."

Oregon has already offered Doxey, along with hometown San Diego State, Colorado State, Boise State and Oregon State. Other schools who have been showing recent interest include Arizona and Washington.

The official visits will go a long way in showing Doxey which school is the best fit for him. "The school that I choose is going to be which one I feel the most comfortable at. What will separate them is the recruiting visits," said Doxey. "If I go on one and I like it a lot, my decision might be made early, but as of right now, I want to take all five."

Doxey was at USC's Rising Seniors camp and felt he stood out there. "I played well, working out with the safeties. It was a good experience," said Doxey, who was scheduled to attend the B2G Elite Football Program but had to pull out with a minor injury.

Also a gifted receiver, Doxey plans to play on offense this fall, but the four-star prospect knows that defense is where his future is. "I love to hit and make plays on defense," said Doxey. "I'm definitely a safety. I'm excited to get back out on the field. I can't wait to play."

Playing free safety, Doxey had 97 tackles, five interceptions, five forced fumbles and three defensive touchdowns and was an all-state underclass selection in 2005. At receiver, Doxey had 45 catches for 841 yards and nine touchdowns.

Academically, Doxey has a 3.4 GPA and scored a 950 on the old version of the SAT.

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