Recruiting: Aaron Doyle Moving Up OSU's Chart

The big question that coaches are facing with two-time Texas All-Stater Aaron Doyle is what position will he play in college? Some schools are recruiting the 6-2, 222-pounder as a quarterback (2,061 yards and 13 passing touchdowns as a junior) while others see him playing linebacker in college. We caught up with Evant High School head coach Keith Stifflemire to find out about Doyle's recruitment.

Aaron Doyle plays for Evant High School, a Class A school with just more than 100 students in central Texas. Stifflemire says he expects 33 of the school's 41 male high school students to play football for the Elks this fall.

But Doyle is the one player who stands out when Evant takes the field.

"He's a hay hauler. He hauls hay in the summer. He's just that type of kid," Stifflemire says. "He's a hard, hard worker. He's very ‘Yes, sir!' (and) ‘No, sir!' He's a small-town kid but he sticks out like a sore thumb. He's got a tremendous amount of talent coming from such a small town."

That talent has attracted the attention of Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Kansas, Baylor and TCU. He made an unofficial visit to Oklahoma State earlier this month (the same weekend of the three-day camp), and has also visited Kansas and camps at Baylor, TCU, Texas Tech and Sam Houston State. He also is scheduled to camp at Texas A&M, Houston, Texas State and North Texas in July. Stifflemire says that Ohio State called earlier this week to request tape of Doyle from last season.

"The people who have taken the time to look at him at the camps are really impressed with him," his coach said. "His hold up is not necessarily that he comes from a small town but he comes from a place where we don't have some of the top receivers for him to throw to, so that's why he looks so much better when he goes to these camps. The coaches that have looked at him say that he will definitely play Division I somewhere."

Stifflemire says interest in Doyle is just now starting to pick up.

"Texas Tech was impressed but they've got some big name (quarterbacks) out there ... they're hoping to get him as an athlete and then fit in where he can. TCU sees him more playing linebacker than quarterback because they've already got a commitment from the kid from Brownwood (Casey Pachall)," Stifflemire said. "Coach (Steve) Tovar from Kansas is encouraging him not to commit early because they've got a slot for him somewhere, whether it be linebacker or quarterback.

"UTEP has had some coaching turnover so they haven't really had a chance to look at him a lot. The quarterbacks coach says they are really, really interested in him ... and they also encouraged him not to commit somewhere early because we're going to be looking at you but they're running about a month behind with their recruiting process."

But what type of advice does Stifflemire give a kid when some schools are encouraging him to wait until after the November signing date, especially when there are no guarantees that they'll have scholarships to give him when February gets here?

"That's a great question because I'm just an anxious as he is, and he's wanting to get this thing done," the Evant High coach says. "Right now, he wants to worry about the fall. He wants to win football games this fall. He's very, very team oriented, and were scheduled to go to four more camps in July and he'd rather just skip them and get back to working out with his teammates."

Stifflemire believes that Doyle's recruitment could end soon if Oklahoma State sends a written offer. He got to spend time with Cowboy co-offensive coordinator Gunter Brewer on his trip to Stillwater, and liked what he heard.

"He spent time with (Brewer) at the Oklahoma State camp. (Mike) Gundy told me that at that point in the (spring high school) camps that he was the best looking quarterback he's seen in shorts. Gundy was really interested, and said that he's on his board. He said there are about four quarterbacks they're interested in and he's definitely one of them. He said that they have a couple of offers out, and I may be totally wrong but I think the (Clayton) Moore kid and the (Drew) Allen kid are the top two. The way things are going, if you take them at their word, then I think he'll have an offer before July 13 at that A&M camp.

If he receives an offer from Oklahoma State, what would he do?

"I think he'd accept it immediately. I counted the other day and there have been about 22 different places that he's been to, and he was most impressed with the staff at Oklahoma State. He hasn't been out to UTEP (yet), but other than that I think he's been to every campus that has sent information to him. He was really impressed with Gundy and the staff," Stifflemire says.

"I may be totally wrong but I would say that Oklahoma State would be his choice because he's so ready to get it over with."

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