Iowa took an interesting step in its 2015 recruiting class Wednesday when it offered in-state quarterback Ryan Boyle a scholarship. The Hawkeyes already secured a verbal commitment from a four-star player at those position in December.
The moved says a lot about Boyle, who led West Des Moines Dowling to the Class 4A state title this fall. Schools most often take just one quarterback per class.
Illinois junior signal caller Jack Beneventi pledged the Hawkeyes in December, the same month '14 Detroit quarterback Tyler Wiegers joined the program. Iowa started a sophomore in Jake Rudock this season with C.J. Beathard, a freshman, backing him up. Nic Shimonek red shirted in '13, his first fall on campus.
With Boyle and Beneventi, the Hawkeyes would be six scholarship quarterbacks on the roster in '15 if everyone stayed. All but Rudock would be around in '16.
"I'm a competitor and I always have been since I was a little kid," Boyle said. "Even drinking my milk before my sister was a competition to me. Even with a '15 commit, a '14 commit and with three of them already on the roster, I'm going to compete with all of them, not just the one in my class. I'm going to try to win the starting job if I choose to commit to Iowa."
Boyle picked up his offer on a visit to Iowa Wednesday. He and his father met with Head Coach Kirk Ferentz in his office.
"We just talked for a little bit and then he said that me being an in-state kid, he didn't want to miss out on it," Boyle said. "He said that he wanted me to be a Hawkeye. He said all the coaches talked it over with the other '15 commit (Beneventi) but they really wanted to offer me."
Beneventi is a pocket passer in the mold of most of the quarterbacks in the Ferentz Era. Boyle is a dual-threat field general.
The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Boyle completed 119 of 187 passes for 1,833 yards and 21 touchdowns against three interceptions this fall. He rushed for 1,332 yards and 24 scores after tearing his ACL during the '12 season.
"Ryan's work ethic and leadership are what's best about him," Dowling Coach Tom Wilson said. "No one outworks him."
Boyle's sister attends Iowa and his father received a master's degree at the school. That wasn't enough to get him to pull the trigger and commit upon receiving his Hawkeyes' offer.
"Iowa being the first BCS offer, it's really amazing to get," Boyle said. "But I'm not going to forget about the first three schools (Western Michigan, Illinois State and Montana State) that took the time to recruit and offer me."
Boyle also attended recent junior days at Iowa State and Minnesota. He said Kansas State and Michigan State have been sending him a lot of mail as have the Ivy League schools. Auburn and Vanderbilt corresponded with him the other day.
Boyle said he wants to take his time with the process and make an informed decision. At the same time, he realizes there are only so many quarterback scholarships available around the country.
"That's going to be big because it's usually one quarterback per class at each school,' Boyle said. "Iowa did show a lot of respect by offering me when they already had one in my class but we'll see how it pans out. I'm really going to have to sit down with my family and Coach Wilson and talk about what schools are best for me, what will fit academics, how far away it is from home and how the offense fits around me."
Boyle said he is considering college majors in Business and English.