Irish pursuing Fla. power forward

Fort Myers (Fla.) power forward Ricky Doyle is hearing quite frequently from the Irish. He discusses what he likes about Notre Dame and when he plans to visit with Notre Dame's coaches.

Big man Ricky Doyle of Fort Myers (Fla.) Bishop Verot is hauling in offers, and is Irish are one team pursuing Doyle pretty hard.

"I get mail from them [Notre Dame] every day," Doyle said. "We text back and forth, too. They're just telling me I'm a high priority and one of their top recruits."

The 6-foot-7, 230-pound power forward plans to meet the Notre Dame coaches in the near future.

"Coach Solomon and the Notre Dame coaches were going to come watch me play, but I was out for 21 games with stress fracture in my foot," he said."But, we're organizing something now – either I'm going up there or they're coming to see me."

Doyle says he's up to 16 offers and hearing frequently from Miami, Notre Dame, Michigan, Penn State, Boston College, Georgia, Alabama, UCF, and USF.

He likes what Notre Dame offers as both a basketball program and academic institution.

"Notre Dame has great academics and that's important. And, I mean, they're the Fighting Irish."

Doyle has checked out some local schools so far, most recently Miami.

"I went to the Miami vs. North Carolina game last weekend, and it was crazy," Doyle said. "I was six rows away from LeBron James and Dwyane Wade."

Doyle does not have any favorites at the moment, but he plans on committing before his senior year. Right now, he's focused on his game.

"I want to improve everything," Doyle said. "I want to improve at my physical strength, explosiveness, playing with my back to the basket, and my overall IQ."

Bishop Verot plays in Florida's District 4-A and will face Cardinal Newman this Thursday in the regional playoffs.

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