Tuesday, Syracuse offered 2018 quarterback Kevin Doyle, who would be the first QB in his class to commit to the Orange. Kevin talked about his connections to Syracuse, his style of play and what he thinks the Orange has to offer.
Orange Fizz: You’re from Malvern Prep in Malvern, Pennsylvania, which is also the high school former Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib went to. What’s it like getting an offer from the school that sent one of your high school alums to the NFL?
Kevin Doyle: It’s really amazing. Ryan and his whole family are extremely looked up to in the Malvern community and at my high school. We have a big poster of him in the athletic office in a Syracuse uniform, actually. It’s just a great honor to get an offer from Syracuse and have the ability to, perhaps, follow in his footsteps.
OF: Let’s talk about the coaching staff that has been recruiting you. What have they said they like about your game?
KD: They’ve said that my size is great being at six-foot-four and 200 pounds. They’ve said that’s great for a sophomore, 2018 kid. Also, my strong arm and athletic ability. I run around a 4.75-4.8 40, and I can throw the ball 65-70 yards, and they were really impressed with that. My head football coach spoke very highly of me too and said that I’m a well-rounded kid, and I play basketball so I’m an athlete in general. They like to hear that too.
OF: Syracuse hasn’t had the most success in recent years, but there’s a new coaching staff in place and everyone’s really excited about the Dino Babers offense. How do you look at Syracuse as a football program, and how will a team’s success factor into your decision?
KD: Looking at Coach Babers’ success, it just shows that he’s a great coach. He’s obviously turned programs around multiple times, so I don’t see why he wouldn’t be able to do that with Syracuse. Being a good football program that’s just had a few bad years, I could see it rising up in the next few years and before I graduate.
OF: Looking at that Dino Babers offense. He’s said before this team isn’t going to huddle, and you’ve just said that you’re a great all-around athlete. Do you think you fit into that scheme?
KD: I do. My size allows me to drop back and then also roll out as well. Rolling out is a big part of my game, and it allows me to show my athletic ability with the run-pass option. It’s just a great offense to be in, and it’s a lot of fun too. I’ve seen it with Jimmy Garoppolo before. He’s a great quarterback and just a great prodigy of the Dino Babers offense.
OF: Syracuse’s quarterback situation is already crowded. Syracuse’s ‘quarterback of the future’ is only a sophomore (Eric Dungey), the Orange has Rex Culpepper coming in as a freshman this year, and Tommy Devito is a 2017 quarterback Syracuse already has committed. Does that concern you as a quarterback looking to make a name for himself?
KD: No, not at all. I’ve met Tommy Devito a few times at the various Nike camps and Rivals camps, and he’s a great kid. Syracuse is definitely getting a great quarterback with him. I’m not afraid of competition, high school or college. I’ll make the decision based on the team itself, the coaching staff and the university.
OF: How much of a role will location play once some further out schools come into the mix?
KD: It does play a factor, obviously. My dad is from New York, so I’m familiar with New York and Syracuse in general. That is a big positive. Getting the offer from Kentucky and Toledo, it’s far but I think I’m trying to get a few hours away from home like Syracuse is.
If you want to hear Orange Fizz’s complete interview with Doyle, you can find it on the Fizz Radio podcast and on iTunes. The interview will also air on Fizz radio this Saturday morning, 9 AM EST on CBS Radio’s AM 1260 The Score in Syracuse.
If you’d like to see Kevin in action, you can look at his Hudl tape here.