Doyle to Watch Irish at Yankee Stadium

Notre Dame will host Army this weekend at Yankee Stadium with hopes of becoming bowl eligible. The Irish also hope to impress several recruit that will be attending the game. Junior quarterback A.J. Doyle from Catholic Memorial (West Roxbury, Mass.) is one of them and he's already familiar with the Irish program.

"I'll be at the game this weekend," A.J. Doyle said. "I got a letter in the mail that said that they wanted me to come to the game at Yankee stadium. Being a fan of Notre Dame and wanting to see what they're all about, I definitely want to go look at them.

"It's definitely going to be a good game. It's Notre Dame at Yankee Stadium. I don't know if you can combine a bigger football program with a bigger stadium."

Notre Dame hasn't always been the bigger program the past couple years, but that doesn't concern Doyle.

"They have struggled the last couple years, but coach Kelly is going to get them back on the winning track," he said. "I haven't really followed coach Kelly, but just seeing his previous record at Central Michigan and then at Cincinnati, he's proven that he can not only win, but can turn programs around and he can turn them around fast."

Doyle has been receiving mail for several months from Notre Dame and for good reason. Over the summer Doyle made a trip to South Bend and made an impression on the Irish coaching staff.

"I was there (Notre Dame) June 30 for their camp" Doyle explained. "They had a three-day camp and then they had a one-day camp where they invited certain people. I went to the three-day camp, and after the first day coach (Charley) Molnar told me to head over to the one-day camp and participate in that.

"Gary Crow and I had multiple throwing sessions with coach Molnar and coach Alford throughout the three-day camp. It was just me and Gary. We threw in front of both of them and then all the coaches came over and watched us."

In addition to Notre Dame, Doyle is receiving strong interest from schools like Boston College, UConn, Penn State, Nebraska, UCLA, Stanford, N.C. State, Duke and Syracuse. Although he doesn't have a scholarship offer at this time, at 6-foot-3, 220-pounds Doyle shouldn't have to wait much longer.

"For a high school quarterback, I'm one of the bigger quarterbacks," Doyle said. "I think I have a pretty strong arm and I have the ability to run and pick up some big yardage.

"I think some schools are waiting on other schools to make a move before they offer, so that's obviously one thing that will play into when I make my decision. My parents are going to let me choose what school is best for me. If a certain school fits me this coming March and I have an offer from them, maybe I'll commit to them. If I don't feel that I fit into a school until this time next season, then I'll commit then. There are a bunch of factors that will play into my decision."

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