On Friday, the Pitt football program hosted recruits from the Class of 2016, 2017 and even 2018.
The player from the Class of 2018 was Malvern Prep (PA) quarterback Kevin Doyle. In fact, Doyle came to the game already holding an offer from Pitt.
Back in October, Pat Narduzzi and offensive coordinator Jim Chaney decided to offer Doyle, despite only being a sophomore.
“It was a very big honor for me to be offered by Pitt”, said Doyle. “Pitt has a tremendous reputation, both for football and academics. The main decision for me will be the strength of academics and the culture on the campus. I know that I will be spending a lot of time there. I have friends and family that have attended Pitt and really enjoyed it. So, it will be a school that I strongly consider.”
Since he’s only a sophomore, I asked Doyle about how Pitt found out about him and saw enough to offer.
“My first experience at Pitt was at their camp in early June”, said Doyle. ” I performed well enough that I was asked to stay after and throw for Coach Chaney. They filmed the session and asked me to follow up with Coach Chaney in a few weeks which I did. When we spoke, he stated that he had done his homework on me and was very impressed with my mechanics and my potential to thrive in his offense. He promised me a scholarship offer after he saw me start a few games and be a strong leader. Apparently, he saw enough in me to honor his promise. ”
“Obviously, I understand that recruiting is a business and people say lots of things. I have been very impressed watching and interacting with Coach Chaney. I truly value his directness and the way he works with the offense.”
Doyle’s (6-3, 185) trip to Pittsburgh wasn’t his first this season as he also made the trip for the Virginia game.
“On Friday, we left my house in West Chester, PA at 5:00AM. My father drove us out with my 10 year old brother, Patrick. We took a quick trip around campus to show my little brother”, said Doyle. ” It was really quiet , but I get more comfortable every time that I visit. ”
“Before the game, we ate with some of their recruiting coordinators and other recruits that I know. On the field, I had a chance to speak to Coach Chaney for a few minutes. I enjoy his relaxed personality. ”
The recruiting process for Doyle is just getting started. Last summer, he went to camps at Pitt, Penn State, Temple, Rutgers. Each of those schools has shown a level of interest.
Aside from the Pitt game, the sophomore quarterback also tells me that he attended the PSU-Michigan game last week., along with 2 Temple games. He’s also attended camps at UNC, NC State, Wake Forest, South Carolina and Old Dominion.
So, what kind of feedback is he getting from these coaches?
Doyle told me that, “Each coach believes that I am not finished growing and could reach 6’4-5” which brings even greater attention. Each coach commented on my very long arms and that my high ball release makes them very comfortable with my height.”
With two years of high school left, Doyle told me his goal this off-season are to physically get bigger, stronger and faster. And mentally, he’d like to continue to learn how to read defenses and process information faster.
By offering him a scholarship already, it’s clear Doyle is a priority for Pitt. It’s interesting that he’s the second quarterback (Pine-Richland’s Phil Jurkovic) from the Class of 2018 that’s been offered.