Iowa Hosts Boyle

Ryan Boyle was off to a strong start last year before an ACL tear ended his sophomore season. The Dowling Catholic quarterback is back healthy and getting out on college visits. He talked about Iowa's spring game and a busy upcoming camp schedule in this update.

Ryan Boyle made history last year when he was believed to be the first West Des Moines Dowling Catholic sophomore to start at quarterback. The excitement then came to an abrupt end in Week 5 when he tore his ACL against Urbandale.

The 6-foot-2, 197-pound Boyle has worked his way back from the injury and said he's 100 percent healthy. He's shown it by running sprints for the track team this spring.

"It feels great," Boyle said. "I just have to work on the mentality and the confidence to plant left and right on my foot."

Boyle's recruitment has picked back up as well. He visited Iowa State earlier this month and attended Iowa's spring game on Saturday.

"I think (the injury) set me back some," Boyle said. "I didn't get to better myself or get the exposure I would have liked. But I have two more seasons to do that to the best of my ability and get that exposure and get recruited."

Boyle said Iowa Assistant Reese Morgan was scheduled to be at Dowling today (Tuesday) to speak with Maroons Coach Tom Wilson.

"The visit went great," Boyle said of his Iowa stop. "We got a great tour from (quality control director) Scott (Southmayd). He just really made it feel like Iowa is home and the place to be."

Boyle had participated in a strength and conditioning camp at Iowa but this was the first time he got to see all of the facilities. He spent time talking to Morgan, Eric Johnson and Phil Parker.

"They all seemed interested and really glad to see that I was there and attending the spring game," Boyle said. "They said they were looking forward to watching me the next season and they were going to come watch me play."

Schools outside of the state also are tracking Boyle. He is planning to camp at a lot of them this summer. Here's a look at his lineup: Iowa (June 15), Michigan (June 16), Notre Dame (June 23), Iowa State (July 2), Nebraska (July 8), Kansas State (July 9).

"I'm also heading down to Missouri and going to the University of Georgia for a practice," Boyle said.

Boyle passed for 709 yards and six touchdowns and ran for 233 yards and a touchdown in five games last season. He said he recently recorded a 4.6-second, 40-yard dash.

"I'm throwing three to four days every week," Boyle said. "I'm working on my quick release and emphasizing my feet, my three-step to five-step drop back. I'm also going over the schemes and the plays with my coaches."

Boyle said Dowling will run more no-huddle offense this year to complement an attack that utilizes his ability as a dual-threat quarterback.

"There are many (college) systems out there that have that possibility for a quarterback that can run and throw," he said. "Oregon, Texas A&M, Florida and schools like that take advantage of quarterbacks that can do both."

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