SEC, Big Ten, ACC, Pac-12 in on 2018 QB Kevin Doyle

Oct. 11 -- Malvern (Pa.) Prep class of 2018 quarterback Kevin Doyle recaps trips to Pittsburgh, Michigan State and Ole Miss. He also talks UCLA interest...

Kevin Doyle is settling in for the league portion of the schedule at Malvern (Pa.) Prep, which means more visits are on hold after an active first month.

The 6-foot-4, 200-pound class of 2018 quarterback made unofficial visits to Michigan StatePittsburgh and Ole Miss, where he visited Saturday. He said in addition to those three schools, he speaks regularly to Boston College, and all four already offered.

Of the schools yet to offer, Doyle said he hears the most from UCLAAlabama and Tennessee.

"I would love to get some places during the winter to see a few more schools," Doyle said. "It would be when there is not football going on, because that's important. I'll be living there and I want to see what it is like when football is not going on. I'm a big basketball fan, too, so I'd be spending time going to games and seeing what the environment is like outside of football."

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Doyle's most recent trip was to Ole Miss, where he saw the the Rebels beat Memphis 48-28. It was his second trip there in a few months.

"I saw everything from The Square to The Grove to all the football facilities, but I already saw them from when I was there this summer," Doyle said. "I saw the whole town, the campus with a bunch of people on it, which was a big help. I saw a few academic buildings. I saw pretty much everything, which was great."

Doyle is in regular contact with Ole Miss assisant athletic director for player personnel Lee Wilbanks, and he is building a relationship with quarterbacks coach Dan Werner.

"I saw that they like to get the ball out quick," Doyle said. "That is definitely their strength, and I can do it, too. I see myself with a quick release, and my ability to get out of the pocket and show my arm talent, and also with quick reads. I definitely can see myself in that offense.

But one thing -- The Grove -- stood out.

"That was so special," Doyle said. "It was a huge lawn with grass and trees, and without tents you're like, 'Oh, wow, this is a huge place.' With tents, you can walk from tent to tent and you wouldn't get wet in the rain. 

"It was a crazy experience for me and I loved it. Seeing The Grove and then the Walk of Champions, and seeing them get off the bus and walking through ... and I got to be in the front of that, which was really cool to see."

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The week prior Doyle was at Michigan State where, ironically, he saw former Malvern Prep standout quarterback Alex Hornibrook play for Wisconsin. Although the Spartans lost, Doyle enjoyed many aspects of the trip.

"I got a tour of campus, the academic building, I got to see the stadium and the game," Doyle said. "I got to see a great fan base and atmosphere. I saw my first SEC game (at Ole Miss), and my first Big Ten game, so that was pretty cool."

It also allowed Doyle to get to know the coacing staff better.

"I loved Michigan State. The coaching staff was great," he said. "Coach (Mark) Dantanio, (quarterbacks) coach (Brad) Salem, and (co-offensive coordinator) coach (Dave) Warner were great to me and really expressed a lot of interest, and told me how much they wanted me to go there."

Doyle's first offer came from Pittsburgh, so it is always special when he returns to campus. He was there when the Panthers beat Penn State, and he gets along well with offensive coordinator Matt Canada, who was at NC State when he first began recruiting Doyle.

"When he came to Pitt, he was all happy they already offered me," Doyle said. "He came and watched me at my school, and I have a good conversations with him and a good relationship with him."

Of the schools yet to offer, UCLA intrigues Doyle.

"I know that it's a great offense and it has Josh Rosen, who is obviously a great quarterback, and I see a lot of myself in him," Doyle said. "He's a great quarterback, and I see what he does and say, 'Hey, I could do that.' I'm confident in myself from that perspective."

Doyle's main contact with the Bruins is graduate assistant Mark Clements.

"He said he loves my film and he could definitely see me doing what Josh does," Doyle said. "I had a friend from Malvern go out there (not to play sports). He said it's a great school, but it's a different lifestyle out there, so if they do offer, I would love to eventually make a visit."


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