There's plenty to like about San Diego State these days. The Aztecs are coming off a season that saw them grab a share of the Mountain West championship. Head coach Rocky Long has coached the team to back-to-back bowl games and is as charismatic as men in his position come.
Drew Doxtator glosses over all of that.
When asked what excites him about his recent scholarship offer from SDSU, the Henderson (Nev.) Foothill quarterback ignores the recent winning. He doesn't mention Long or touch on the weather that makes Southern California a destination city. Instead, he's concerned with the distant past.
"I love Coach [Jeff] Horton over there because, coming from Wisconsin like I do, it's almost like he's notorious," Doxtator said. "He sent five quarterbacks to the pros when he was at Wisconsin. That was before I was even really old enough to understand football, but my family knows all about him."
San Diego State has already accepted a quarterback commitment in this year's class but will likely take another. Doxtator can see himself being that player. Still, he's chasing other offers.
So when the three-star prospect heads to Colorado for a camp on the CU campus this weekend, he intends to leave with an invitation to play for the Buffaloes. He's certainly not taking the trip just to have fun.
"Colorado is sending me a bunch of hand-written letters and making sure I end up at their camp this weekend," Doxtator said. "I fly out Saturday night for that and the camp is on Sunday. I'm hoping to pick up an offer there for sure.
"Coach [Andy] LaRussa is really big on recruiting for Las Vegas, Ever since sophomore year, he's really liked me. When he moved over to Colorado, the first thing he did was find me on Facebook again under Colorado's Facebook page and started the recruiting process again."
Doxtator will head to the campus of Utah for a camp the weekend following his trip to Boulder. Once there, the story will be similar to the one that surrounds his trip to the Rocky Mountain State:
Preform well, earn an offer, leave happy.
"All of these coaches come in and we talk," Doxtator said. "They all want to offer but they want to make sure the quarterback coaches see me throw first. That makes these camps pretty huge for me."
Doxtator, a surprise standout at the Rivals Camp Series stop in Phoenix, played just six games last season before being sidelined with a minor knee injury. He still managed to pass for 1,998 and 17 touchdowns while completing 50 percent of his passes.
He currently holds four scholarship offers.