He had started his career at Chaminade-Madonna, watching the Lions run the Wing-T offensive, which was not a great fit. As a junior, Brandon Doughty made his move to North Broward Prep, where former Miami Dolphin Jeff Dellenbach built the offense around him. On Friday, the 6-3, 195-pound quarterback made a major decision.
With a number of colleges keeping an eye on his progress over the past two years, the school that showed the most interest from the start, FAU, came away with Doughty’s commitment.
“There were a number of schools I had kept in touch with over the past two years, but FAU was the one school that never stopped calling or watching me ,” said Doughty, who threw for over 4,000 yards the past two season, leading his team to the playoffs. “Being close to home and playing a challenging schedule were among the reasons I chose the school.”
FAU’s success with passers such as Rusty Smith was also a major factor in Doughty staying close to home.
While he was projected by many to be the quarterback of the future at Chaminade-Madonna, the offense was not what he was most comfortable with, and while many never saw what kind of quarterback he could be, Charles Fishbein of Elite Scouting Services had watched Doughty on the sideline for two years.
“I remember seeing him at Chaminade as a freshman and watching him throw the ball,” Fishbein recalled. “His arm strength was tremendous, and knowing the kind of offense Chaminade was running, it just was not something that would elevate him.”
Schools such as Mississippi State and Texas Tech were early possibilities, but FAU’s style of offense won out in the end.
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