While the first recruiting priority for the NC State coaching staff is to finish strong in the class of 2010, several junior prospects have already caught their attention.
One of them is Ryan Doyle, a 6-5, 252-pound offensive tackle from Wake Forest-Rolesville. Doyle may end up being a coveted prospect because of the improvements he has made in his pass protection as well as his athleticism. Just a couple of weeks back he ran the 40 in 4.8 seconds, an impressive time for any offensive lineman.
Much of that improvement can be traced back to Doyle’s hard work during the off season. He worked out religiously with a personal trainer in preparation for his junior season and managed to greatly improve his agility and overall quickness. The strides he has made have helped him land early recruiting attention from a host of schools- including NC State.
Doyle attended NC State's recent game against Duke -- another school interested in him -- a couple of weeks back. What did he think of the experience?
"I think State's a great school," Doyle said. "I went up there when they played Duke and I thought it was a cool experience. I'm willing to bet the players love playing in that stadium. The whole school is behind them, and I thought that was cool."
That was the most recent unofficial visit Doyle has taken. While he was in Raleigh he had a chance to speak with NC State assistant coach Andy McCollum. If Doyle ends up at NC State, McCollum wouldn't be his position coach, but he was impressed nonetheless.
"I recall talking to the linebackers' coach," he said. "From what I could gather he was a very nice man and coaches the linebackers well."
While Doyle doesn't have any plans to visit any more schools or take in other college games this fall he did not rule out the possibility. Understandably, his focus is primarily on helping his squad remain undefeated.
Wake Forest-Rolesville is 10-0 on the year with one regular season game remaining against Leesville. Their seed in the state playoffs has yet to be determined, so they still have a lot to play for.
In addition to schools like NC State and Duke, Doyle has been receiving interest from Georgia, Georgia Tech, and most recently, Missouri.