QB Boyle Ready for Notre Dame's Junior Day

Xavier High (Middletown, Conn.) quarterback Tim Boyle will be on Notre Dame's campus March 24, and he was told he will get an offer from the Irish that day. Boyle spoke to IrishEyes.com about his recruitment, the Irish and much more.

Tim Boyle had a few offers in hand and was talking to plenty of schools, but the Xavier High (Middletown, Conn.) quarterback was taken aback by news he received last week.

Xavier coach Sean Marinan had a conversation with Notre Dame's staff, and relayed information that the 6-foot-4, 210-pound Boyle would get an offer if he attended junior day on March 24. And, Boyle said, he will be on campus for it.

"My coach called the other day and said they were going to be offering at their junior day,' Boyle said. "He said the only thing holding me back right now is seeing me face-to-face."

Boyle holds offers from Syracuse, Boston College, Massachusetts and Connecticut, but the interest from the Irish caused quite a reaction.

"When my coach told me that my mouth was wide open and I didn't answer for a couple of minutes," Boyle said. "The whole movie ‘Rudy' and everything, it just brings up powerful stuff. That is a historic football team and Notre Dame is a really good football program.

"Notre Dame is crazy. That's a whole other level of football. The tradition of Notre Dame is ridiculous. The campus, from what I hear is nice, and I'll head down there Junior Day on the 24th and check it out."

Boyle is excited about the Irish, but he doesn't know much beyond the usual tradition and academic stature of the school.

"I haven't done much research and I haven't really talked to the coaches," he said. "I can't really tell you anything else about it."

One thing Boyle is curious to learn about is how he fits into the concept of the Irish's offense. He doesn't have blazing speed – "I'm a pocket passer. …My 40-yard dash is a 4.9," he said – and is thinking about playing in a pro-style offense.

Boyle is also getting ready for his first season as a starter.

He split time during his sophomore and junior seasons, completing 31 of 48 for 716 yards, eight touchdowns and three interceptions. And the role he held gives his confidence if he has to compete with Gunner Kiel, the nation's No. 1quarterback in the 2012 class, should Boyle wind up at Notre Dame.

"From splitting time, I know how it is with competition and trying to work my hardest," Boyle said. "I think most of the kids going into college football don't know how to deal with that stuff, and I'll have a leg up on that. I know how to compete on a different level. If it's me competing against the No. 1 quarterback in the nation, I'm going to give him a run for his money."

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