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."
"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."
"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).
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."