Oregon "Looking Good" For Boyle

A small departure from what Oregon has typically employed at their quarterback position, Middletown (CT) Xavier three-star signal caller Tim Boyle believes his "prototypical pocket passer" skill set could be a good fit for the Ducks' high-octane offense. Oregon offensive coordinator Mark Helfrich seems to agree, so what's the hold up?

Do you currently have an offer from Oregon?

"I do not right now. I'm in the process of talking with coach (Mark) Helfrich and we're going back and forth; I'm calling him, we're on Facebook and all that stuff, so currently right now, I don't."

In your conversations with coach Helfrich, what kinds of things have the two of you discussed?

"He told me he was looking for a kid who could throw the ball. He told me there was a kid that they had that ran a 4.95 and he did well at Oregon. Oregon's always known as the run and gun, the option, the veer, the zone read, so he told me he liked my arm, he like my footwork and how I moved in the pocket. He told me I'd do well."

As far as you getting an offer from Oregon goes, what needs to be decided between you and coach Helfrich in order for that to happen?

"The big question he asked me since I'm a Connecticut kid is, ‘Would you be willing to come all the way to Oregon for college, or even for a camp, just to visit?' It's a hike, he knows it's a hike. He's being generous and he's thinking about me and this, it's just a matter of me feeling comfortable and talking to the coaching staff and everything needing to play out."

How much will distance ultimately factor in for you?

"It does have a little bit of a downfall cause I'm not going to be able to see my parents as much as if I were in the Northeast. The brand of football though is crazy in Oregon. It's good tradition, the football speaks for itself, the facilities are great, Oregon's a nice place, beautiful country...but honestly, right now, I don't think the distance is far and I don't think it's a big factor for me. I just want to play a good brand of football."

Has coach Helfrich come out to visit you during the May evaluation period?

"Yeah, last Friday he came to see me throw with some of my wide receivers, so yeah he came out."

What would you say your overall interest is in Oregon at this point?

"Oh no, they're high on my priority list right now. Oregon speaks for itself. It's great football, top ten in the nation in back-to-back years. If I got an offer from them, yeah I would consider it highly. They're looking good."

How would you describe yourself as a player?

"I'm definitely the prototypical pocket passer. I have the speed to pick up ten yards and scramble when I have to. I'm in the spread right now, so I'm reading the five, seeing the defenses, running the zone option and the zone read, so I'm doing the same offense Oregon's running, but in a pocket passer type situation. I can run, but would I rather throw than run? Yes. I think my arm strength is definitely a plus, my ability to lead and be a leader and be a good role model is also a plus; obviously you always have to work on your feet cause a quarterback starts from the ground up and you can't ever be too good at footwork, so there's always room to improve."

Is there anyone at the collegiate or professional level that you try to pattern your game after at all?

"I try not to. People get caught up in who I want to be and I wish I could compare myself to someone, but I want to compare myself to me in the future. I don't really compare myself to anyone and I want to be my own individual. If there were a body type that I want to be close to, Landry Jones is a big 6'4'', 6'5'' kid, 240-235 lbs...also Matt Barkley, with his leadership."

What are you looking for in a program?

"Basically comfortability level. I want a good relationship with the coaches, the facilities, the university...If I get injured there, I want to have a backup plan. I don't want to go strictly for football, I want to think about my future. Academics obviously (are important), but if I get injured, like I said, I want to enjoy the college and not just be there and stress myself out. I want comfortability, a good relationship with the coaches, mastery of the offense, just stuff like that."

Have you given any thought as to what you might want to study when you get to college?

"Yeah, sports management/business. I do want to come out of college, if I'm lucky enough to get to the league, that would be a goal for me that I've always had since I was a kid, so I'm trying to reach my goal, but if it doesn't work out, I want to go in to coaching because football really is my life and I don't know what I'd do without it."

What are the offers that you currently hold from other schools?

"I have Boston College, Syracuse, UConn, UMass, Pittsburgh and Florida."

Is there anyone else out there, like Oregon, who you've been hearing from but have yet to receive an offer from?

"NC State, Tennessee, I'd say Auburn, obviously the regional schools like Rutgers, Temple, Miami."

Do you have a top five or a list of favorites at this point?

"It's hard to have a top five. Every school has their own unique advantages and disadvantages and likes and dislikes, so I don't really have a five right now."

As far as camps and unofficial visits go, where have you been and where do you plan on going over the next few months?

"Not as of right now. If things get really serious with Oregon -- they're on the fence with me and the only way they're going to offer me is for me to come up to the camp or visit them and obviously you got to do what it takes to get the scholarship -- but camps right now, the only one I think I'm probably going to go to is Tennessee cause they need to see me at their camp to offer me. I don't really have any visits planned right now, but I do need to start scheduling those. I want to take visits to Florida, Pittsburgh, Oregon if they need me to, and some other schools...I haven't gone to any camps. I went to a Northeast showcase and I got the best quarterback award there, so that was fun. I didn't really go in to that too stressed out. I went in relaxed and had some fun and I did well, but I've taken visits to Boston College, UConn, Syracuse, I visited Temple, I've been down to Rutgers, I've taken a visit to Florida before this past summer, so I've gone around."

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