It was not a surprise at all when Iowa added Iowa City (Iowa) West linbeacker Dillon Doyle to the class. He's the son of strength and conditioning coach Chris Doyle. He's a 6-foot-3 and 215 pounder that could project to either inside and outside in my opinion. The Hawkeyes already use Jack Hockaday that way, someone that has the ability to play all three linebacker spots.
At a recent Nike camp in Chicago, Doyle stood out. He was on the of the top targets or commits that Iowa had in attendance.
"That was my first time in a camp setting," he said. "I usually just would let my tape do the talking but I decided that this was a good opportunity to compete against the best in the Midwest so I decided to come."
Iowa coaches tend to not put a lot of stock into events like this but even Dillon's father saw it as a great opportunity to compete against other highly-touted prospects.
"He likes me to compete whenever I can," Dillon Doyle shared about his father's thoughts. "HE saw it just like I did and supported me when I said I wanted to compete."
Playing or working out for one's father can be a challenge in some ways but Dillon is embracing the opportunity and excited about the experience.
"I'm looking forward to working with my dad," he explained. "I need to improve in a lot of areas. He's someone that is going to help and so will all the other coaches. I'm tight with coach Seth Wallace. I've known him for a long time. He's a great coach and so I'm excited to play for him."
Committing to Iowa was always a goal for Dillon and accomplishing that objective was a mission he set out on earlier on in his life. With it now achieved, he's letting it soak in.
"It feels really good," Doyle pointed out. "I'm glad to have it done. I have always dreamed of being an Iowa Hawkeye so I'm proud to be one, finally."