FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Even though he's thousands of miles away from home, San Diego Hoover four-star safety Todd Doxey feels like he's right at home.
Doxey is one of five Oregon commitments playing in the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl, and he said the opportunity to practice with his future teammates has been really special.
"Us Oregon guys, it's like a family," Doxey, who is 6-foot-2 and 175 pounds, said. "There's like five of us out here, and we're loving it. That's pretty cool playing with all these guys. I see how it's going to be on the college level, and working with guys like Anthony Gildon is really fun."
The other Oregon commits, along with Doxey and Gildon, are Casey Matthews, Carson York and Drew Davis. But Doxey has spent the most time working with Gildon, his future running mate in the Ducks' defensive backfield.
"He's a really good player," Doxey said. "He's a real quiet dude like me, but when we're out on the field we make a lot of noise."
Doxey picked the Ducks over offers from Colorado State, Oregon State, San Diego State, UNLV, Washington and Washington State. He said he's not regretted the decision one bit.
"I'm enjoying having the decision out of the way a lot," he said. "It got to the point where if I didn't see a number on caller ID, I wouldn't answer it. I got a little skeptical. It was really refreshing to not have to worry about people calling all the time. I'm excited about my decision. It was the best pick for me."
He's also enjoying his time in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., playing for the West team.
"We work hard for about an hour and a half and get our work done and then get out of there," he said. "That's what I like about it. It's nice and easy. It's a different defense, but defense is defense. We run two or three different schemes, and we just have to adjust for each one of those. It fits me, though."
"I really enjoy playing against the good competition and making new friends," he said.
For Doxey the trip to Florida came right in the middle of basketball season. The transition back to the gridiron definitely took a little time.
"I've been running around without any pads for two months, and it's been a little tough to get back into football mode," he said. "You have to tackle and be more physical. Whereas in basketball, you can't hit like you can in football. I don't want to lay anybody on my team out, so I'm saving that for the game."