On Wednesday night Jack Doyle got a call from East Carolina’s offensive line coach Brad Davis, a call that Doyle had been waiting for.
“I went outside, it was raining and I was sitting on the porch and I talked to him,” Doyle said. “He told me a little more about him that I didn’t know and how we are kind of similar. When he told me that they offered me I was so happy. I had been waiting for this call for weeks.”
The 6-foot-5, 245-pound lineman out of Heritage High School (Wake Forest, NC) was offered on Wednesday night and committed just hours later.
Doyle said that North Carolina State, Wake Forest and other schools were all sending mail and talking with him but didn’t feel like those schools would take the risk in offering a scholarship.
Last year Doyle visited ECU on a junior day, then came back a few months later for the spring game. After the spring game Doyle was able to talk with Brad Davis and Davis told the lineman that he liked his style of play but was worried about his weight. The relationship that Doyle formed with Davis proved to be a big factor in his decision.
“It was more that Coach Davis was being so transparent with me and I really appreciate that. He told me just how it is, that I was light and he was taking a chance on me… For Coach Davis to trust in me and give me a chance I’m very gracious of that and I’m going to make it work for him in the long run and for all of us.”
Doyle has grown up in a football family with his older brother going onto play college football and his father being a former college head coach. Doyle’s older brother, Ryan, is currently a senior at Maryland where he also plays on the offensive line. His father, Mike, spent time at San Francisco State, Iowa State and a variety of community colleges.
“It’s been great for me and my brother to have an experienced coach, he’s coached me since pop warner,” Doyle explained. “Then having my brother go through the process of recruiting really helped me to know what I was going through getting mail, camps and all the work.”
Having watched first-hand how the recruiting process Doyle knew that he had to find his own niche to get noticed. While being undersized for the offensive line Doyle made it up with what he considers to be his number one strength.
“My want-too, my attitude, I think that is what has gotten me through,” Doyle explained.” I’ve always been kind of undersized for my position—not height wise but underweight, the guys I go against weigh more than me—but you just have to tough up in the head and block them. You have to decide that you want to win and that’s gotten me through football so far and it will get me through ECU and hopefully to the pros.”