Cath. Memorial QB one to Watch in 2012

One of the top signal callers in the Northeast in the class of 2012 could turn out to be A.J. Doyle of Catholic Memorial (West Roxbury, Mass.). He was on the Rutgers campus in February, and is getting interest from the likes of Notre Dame, Stanford and USC. He possesses a strong arm, and already has a season's worth of starting experience. Find out what is going on with this rising prospect.

Rutgers is looking for a class of 2011 quarterback, but recruiting is well underway for the 2012 class.

One of the Northeast's top quarterbacks of the 2012 class could turn out to be A.J. Doyle of Catholic Memorial (West Roxbury, Mass.), who was on Rutgers' campus in February and got to look around.

"I was there for the BadgerSports 7-on-7, and saw a little of the campus,'' the 6-foot-3, 224-pound Doyle said. "I was in quick on Sunday because I had a basketball game on Saturday, but I was able to see a little bit. It seemed nice.''

In the coming year, plenty of schools figure to call for Doyle,who possesses a strong arm and has a comfortable release. He was on the Rutgers campus, and is hearing from Boston College, Connecticut, USC, Notre Dame and Stanford. He also visited North Carolina, Wake Forest and North Carolina State.

"Right now I think I going to camps at Connecticut, Boston College, North Carolina and Notre Dame,'' Doyle said.

Living close to Boston College gives Doyle a degree of familiarity with the Eagles, but it doesn't mean he is going to wind up there.

"I know people there and I've been going to the camp since the eighth grade,'' Doyle said. "Since I've been a baby I've had a gold helmet, and it was a Notre Dame helmet, so that's always been a school that stood out.

"My father gave it to me, and just the opportunities that school has, I definitely think it's second to none. That's probably the leading school I'd like to go to, but the last few years, I've been a big Florida fan.''

But being a fan of Florida goes beyond the wins for Doyle.

"I want to be able to lead the team like (former quarterback Tim) Tebow does,'' Doyle said. "The character and the intangibles he brings to the game are incredible.''

As a sophomore, Doyle completed 90 of 177 passes for 1,202 yards, 10 touchdowns and five interceptions.

Before junior offers can go out Sept. 1, Doyle said he wants to improve his footwork.

"If I have perfect footwork, the ball is going to be there perfect and on time,'' Doyle said. "Sometimes I tend to over stride, and I'll drop my elbow, which leads the ball to float. Sometimes I'll take a short step and the ball will skip in. So, it's all about having the correct stride.''

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