Edina (MN.) junior offensive line/defensive lineman Tommy Doyle has been racking up the miles hitting the road as of late visiting some Big Ten schools. The shortest of his trips were to Minneapolis to watch the Gophers spring game and got to further build that bond with defensive line coach Jeff Phelps.
“It was good,” Doyle told Scout. “I got to sit in on the team meeting and then the position meetings. After that was the spring game. I talked with Coach Phelps after the game. He told me what he wants to see from me at camp. He wants to see me being able to use my long arms to get extension while pass rushing and coming off the ball hard.”
The versatile 6-7, 250-pound Doyle is a legacy recruit for the Gophers and after seeing his home state school perform feels they will be good next season and could fit in their defense.
“They looked good,” said Doyle. “A lot of players got reps and I thought the defense played well. I could see myself in their defense whether it be playing end or tackle. I’m just looking forward to keep working hard and proving myself at camp.”
“It was great,” said Doyle. “They ran practice in Camp Randall and had a scrimmage during the last half of practice. I talked with (Defensive Line) Coach (Inoke) Breckterfield, (Outside Linebacker) Coach (Tim) Tibesar and (Head) Coach (Paul) Chryst. They were excited to see me at camp. Coach Chryst stopped over and said hi to us and thanked us for coming.”
With his visit to Madison in the books, where is his interest level in the Badgers?
“I am very interested in Wisconsin,” said Doyle. “Its a football school with a lot of tradition. I feel like I fit the role of playing as a defensive end in their 3-4 scheme. Academically, it is a great school with an amazing campus.”