It has been well known for awhile that Michigan has wanted to bring in a second quarterback in the 2018 recruiting class. However, after Tyler Shough committed to North Carolina, the options looked limited at best. But that quickly changed when St. John’s College (DC) QB Kevin Doyle committed to Michigan soon after receiving his offer from the staff.
— Kevin Doyle (@Kevin_Doyle_13) September 24, 2017
Doyle is a big, lanky, mobile quarterback. His size allows for him to dominate at the high school level but it’s far from the only reason. He has a really nice arm and good mobility, which will be interesting to see how much that will work at the next level. Luckily, there’s plenty of time to go until he’ll see the field in college as he’ll need to develop more physically, which will come with maturity and time in the weight room. Once he puts on the size, he’s a guy that could develop into a nice option for Jim Harbaugh down the road.
Doyle stands tall in the pocket and gets through his progressions. He uses his size well and throws the ball from the top. The ball spins well coming out of his hand and he is quick to set his feet, turn his hips and throw the ball effortlessly. He feels pressure well and moves around the pocket. He can throw the ball to the numbers and he shows nice touch down the field. Doyle needs to continue to get stronger, which will also increase his already strong arm. Doyle has the ability to make yards with his feet, but that is not the strength of his game. — Brian Dohn, Scout.com
In today’s world of recruiting, Doyle was a rare surprise commitment. According to Scout’s Allen Trieu, Pep Hamilton caught Doyle’s game on ESPN at the beginning of the season, reevaluated his tape and got the three star up for a visit for the Air Force game ($). Thanks to that visit and the staff wanting to take a second quarterback in this recruiting class, Doyle jumped at the offer and became the 14th overall commitment for Michigan’s 2018 class.
- Height: 6’4”
- Weight: 210lbs
- Hometown (School): Washington, DC (St. John’s College)
- Notable Offers: Michigan State, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Boston College, Iowa
- Rankings: Scout (3*, #30 Pro-QB) – Rivals (3*) – 247 (3*, #15 Pro-QB) – ESPN (4*, #27 Pro-QB)
- Composite Ranking: Three star, #546 overall, #21 Pro-QB, #4 in DC
As for the Rest of the Class
Doyle is the 14th overall commitment, 2nd quarterback commitment and the 1st commitment out of Washington DC. With him on board, Michigan is done at the quarterback position, barring any decommitments. And that looks unlikely to happen with either Mixon or Doyle before National Signing Day. As for players that could be the next to join this smaller Michigan recruiting class, the best options look to be TE Mustapha Muhammad and, possibly, RB Michael Barrett.
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