Many local fans were disappointed when Pine-Richland quarterback Phil Jurkovec decided to commit to Notre Dame. What many fans forget is that when Pitt offered Jurkovec, they also offered another talented Pennsylvania quarterback.
That other offer went to Malvern Prep 2018 quarterback Kevin Doyle. While Doyle get the amount of attention Jurkovec receives, college programs are starting to realize how much talent he possesses. In the past month, Doyle’s recruitment has really started to skyrocket.
Pitt was the first school to offer Doyle (6-3, 190) a scholarship and plenty of other programs have joined in. Right now, the junior quarterbacks offer list includes Boston College, Indiana, Kentucky, Nebraska, Syracuse, Temple, Toledo, West Virginia and last night Michigan State was the latest to offer.
“Yes, my recruitment is really coming along well and I’m very blessed to have the opportunities that I have at the moment,” said Doyle. “Michigan State had invited me to come out to there to camp because they had expressed extreme interest when they had came to my school and watched me throw twice in the spring.”
“I have been to a lot of schools this summer including all the schools that have offered me camps except for Nebraska and Toledo. I’m done for the summer from the travel stand point because it’s time to focus on my high school season!”
So where do things stand with Doyle and Pitt and how often is he in contact with them?
“I don’t have a list of schools that are ‘high or low’ but I definitely could see myself playing for Coach Narduzzi in the future,” said Doyle. “Being a Pennsylvania kid myself and staying relatively close to home could definitely work. I really like the coaching staff and I stay in touch with them every few weeks.”
“Coach Canada is a very good coach whom I have known from both his days at NC State and Pitt. I like him as a person and a coach. I’m sure he will do very well there this year with his first year at Pitt.”
So what message does the Pitt football program have for Doyle?
“Pitt continues to tell me that I’m #1 on the board for QB’s in 2018 and I definitely take that into consideration because they’re a school that I really like. They just say that if I wanted to commit they would take my commitment,” said Doyle.
So, does Doyle see himself committing early or does he want to wait awhile?
“My recruitment at the moment has no real timetable and I’m in no rush to make my mind up. I want to make sure it is the right decision for myself and my family,” said Doyle. “I really enjoy all the schools that have offered me and am not ready to really show front runners. Although I will say I am very excited to be offered by MSU and their coaching staff recently.”
So it looks like Coach Narduzzi could be going head to head against his former team to try and land this talented prospect. Game on!
// Header image: Kevin Doyle – Photo courtesy of Kevin Doyle