Taking Stock –
|Name||Eric Doctor Jr.|
|High School||Edgewater (Orlando, FL)|
|Star Rating||Three Stars|
|Signed Date||Dec. 18, 2019 (Early Signing Day)|
You could say football has always been in the blood of Eric Doctor Jr. The son of Eric Sr., who played college football at Division II Benedict College, the younger Doctor blossomed into a standout at Edgewater High School in Florida over the last two seasons.
As something of a defensive Swiss army knife, Doctor was actually a two-way starter at both running back and safety at Evans High School before transferring. On defense at Edgewater, Doctor filled almost every position on the back-end of the Eagles’ unit.
A starting safety, Doctor can also found listed as a outside linebacker, a position he profiles to play under Mike Houston at East Carolina University. In the defensive backfield, however, Doctor logged 27 solo tackles across 11 games during his senior campaign, including five for loss of yardage.
Watch Eric Doctor Jr.’s highlight tapes here.
Doctor does not shy away from helping stop the run game. In fact, his highlight tapes are littered with clips of physical tackles on the ball carrier. His solid frame lends itself to a good run-stopping defensive back, one that can both chase down and out-jump some wide receivers.
During his senior campaign at Edgewater, Doctor logged two interceptions, including a forced fumble and recovery. Additionally, Doctor racked up a season-high seven tackles against Bishop High School in the season’s first game.
At ECU, Doctor joins a linebacker corps that is returning some experience. Senior Bruce Bivens and juniors Gerard Stringer, Myles Berry and Xavier Smith are back, as is senior Aaron Ramseur who missed time last year with a torn ACL.
ECU’s defense often found itself unable to substitute players last year due to a lack of experienced depth, a problem that should not be present this year. While the Pirates’ defensive line figures to be made up of largely new players in 2020, they should be able to lean on a stout linebacker group.
Of course, that includes Doctor who could fill a variety of roles for ECU this season. Able to play in the secondary, Doctor could become a vital piece of the defense if an injury takes out one of the projected starters.
While Doctor projects to be stuck behind some returns during his freshman season, it is always nice to have athletes that can fill a number of positions at any given moment and preform well.
With a solid track record behind him, it will be interesting to see which role Doctor takes up with the Pirates in 2020 and beyond.