It's no secret that the offensive line is a position of need in this year's Trojan recruiting class and the coaching staff addressed this early on in the process when they got a verbal commitment from Chris Doyle. The 6'2, 280 pound lineman made the All-State underclass team the last two years and he continues the Mater Dei to USC pipeline. Doyle, whom Mater Dei coach Bruce Rollinson has called one of the best offensive linemen he has ever coached, reiterated that he is 100% solid on his commitment to the Trojans and he has no plans to visit any other schools.
Why the early decision? He answered that question when he explained "I just wanted to get it over with in case I got injured or something and so I could concentrate on the season." Doyle also discussed his reasons for choosing USC, "There's going to be an opportunity to play early next year, all the coaches, and Mater Dei has good connections with SC." He also noted that he conferred with former Monarchs Lenny Vandermade, Matt Grootegoed, and Matt Leinart before reaching his decision.
Doyle primarily plays left tackle for 4-3 Mater Dei but he explained that he will be moving over a spot or two in college, "I was just talking with the offensive line coach last night. I'm going to be playing the inside three positions, center and guard." This move figures to take advantage of his incredible center of gravity and piston-like legs. He's particularly strong at run blocking and tough as nails, as evidenced by the fact that he didn't miss one game after suffering a concussion a few weeks ago.
Trojan fans will have an opportunity to watch Doyle this Thursday night. Mater Dei will face Servite at 7:30 pm on Fox Sports Net 2. He noted that he's looking forward to the game. Look for him at left tackle and also at defensive tackle.