June 22, 2011

A.J. Doyle enjoys return to Raleigh

Pro-style quarterback prospect A.J. Doyle from West Roxbury (Mass.) Catholic Memorial has already been to NC State three times and received the opportunity to show off his throwing arm for coaches on his most recent trip south, a one-day camp in early June.

"It was fun," the 6-3, 226-pounder said. "I like the coaches a lot, everyone knew my name, that was definitely a nice thing. I did OK, it definitely wasn't my best camp but it wasn't my worst camp. There was good competition there and it was just a lot of fun.

"It was all good feedback [that he received after the camp]. I talked to Coach [Jerry] Petercuskie and Coach [Dana] Bible at the end. What they told me was they don't have a board of where they rank the quarterbacks yet but they are going to meet at the end of all of their one-day camps, around the 25th, and they're going to develop a board from there. They're going to [offer] their guys from the top and give them a week or so, but if they don't want to commit, then they're going to move to the next guy and so on.

"That's basically what they told me. They said, 'we definitely like you a lot, but we don't have a board so we can't tell you if you're number one or where you're at yet."

Bible specifically complemented the three-star quarterback for how he performed in the agility drills, according to Doyle.

"He definitely said he liked that part of what I can do and the way I can move," he reported.

After the stop in Raleigh, Doyle headed back north to camp at Maryland the following day and Boston College the next day. He isn't sure where yet but said he expects to do a few more one-day camps after that, hoping to add to his current total of two offers (Western Michigan, Massachusetts).

"I think Maryland [offering] is a possibility, UConn is a possibility, depending on how I do at camp, BC is a possibility, as well," he said. "Obviously, there's other schools interest but I wouldn't know how far they are from offering so I can't really say one school is closer [to offering] than the other. There are a few schools in the mix that if they offer, I wouldn't be surprised."

Doyle has been following head coach Tom O'Brien's career since the coach was in charge at Boston College and really respects the Pack's coaching staff. He thinks big things are in store for NC State in the very near future.

"They're great," he said. "They've put a lot of guys in the pros and they've won a lot of games, as well. They've definitely put NC State in position to take home an ACC title. They're probably going to be on the National Championship stage, or that caliber, in the next few years. They're finally getting everyone they want, their guys, they're coaching their way and they're getting everybody on the same page. Coach O'Brien proved when he was at BC that he can take a team to that next level so there's no reason to believe that he won't do that at NC State."

Doyle admits he hasn't had the opportunity to really check out the campus besides a quick through during one of his earlier visits. However, he is a big fan of the standout facilities the Pack has.

"They're nice, I liked them," he said. "Their stadium is beautiful, I've seen it a few times. I've seen their facilities [multiple times], as well. Every time I go there, I see something new. It's just nice, that's one of the things I like about them."

Despite all of those advantages working in favor of the Red and White, Doyle said he is not in a position to start ranking his suitors yet. He does not have an idea for a timeline either, saying he will pull trigger when he feels a school fits all of his requirements, "from academics to football."

"To be honest with you, I don't have a board of what schools I like the best so I can't really [say who are my favorites]," he said. "NC State is obviously a beautiful school and I like all of their coaches. If they offer me, it's definitely going to be something I think hard about. If not, that's the direction they're going to move in but, if they offer, it's something I will look at because of the staff and the academics. Just everything NC State has to offer is something you have to look hard at when you have that opportunity."

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