Doyle: "It Was A Family Atmosphere"

West Roxbury (MA) Catholic Memorial standout A.J. Doyle talks about his decision to run with the Wolfpack in this interview with Pack Pride.

West Roxbury (MA) Catholic Memorial standout A.J. Doyle committed to NC State a little over a week ago and became the Wolfpack's ninth commitment for the class of 2012.

At 6-3, 228 pounds, Doyle was timed at 4.8-seconds in the 40-yard dash while participating in NC State's football camp back in June. While he didn't land an offer from the Pack as a signal-caller, Doyle's combination of size, athleticism and football IQ was too good to pass on and NC State extended an offer to the rising senior as a linebacker. Doyle wasted little time in accepting the Pack's offer and he talked in-depth recently with Pack Pride about his decision in this Q&A.

So what was it that you liked about State that led to the quick commitment?

Basically, it was the coaching staff. I had been there three times and it just really felt like home. They offered today and me and my family decided that State's going to be a place, not only where I can get a great education, but I'm going to be playing for some great people.

What position do you expect to start out at once you get to NC State?

I believe I'm going to start at linebacker but I think they'll give me a shot to play quarterback. But whatever they want me to do and whatever's best for the team and to win some games, that's the position I'll play for them.

Have you had a chance to play much linebacker in high school?

To be honest with you, I've probably played 10 to 15 snaps at linebacker in my three years of high school. I haven't played much defense but I think just based on my size, my athleticism- what they're offering me at linebacker- just seeing some of the things I can do from not only mental toughness but physical toughness at quarterback, I think they believe I can bring that over to linebacker.

Which coach was recruiting you for NC State and what were your overall impressions of the Wolfpack staff?

Coach Petercuskie was recruiting me. When I first went down there I felt like it was a family atmosphere. Just talking to him throughout the whole process, he was always just very nice. He was always completely honest with me. He told me everything I had questions about. He never really lied to me about it. He's been very straightforward with me. That was probably one of the better things and reasons why I liked NC State because every one of the coaches was completely honest with me the whole time. He just kind of made me feel at home when I visited there because I was down there with my family the past two times. It just felt like it was right.

What other schools were you hearing from before you committed to NC State?

Maryland was showing me a lot of interest. Boston College was at times. Penn State has shown interest as well as Syracuse. Connecticut, a lot of northeast schools were recruiting me.

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