With the University of Wisconsin beginning spring practice on Sunday, Paul Chryst and his staff invited several prospects from around the Midwest to take a tour of the campus and get a closer look at the football program. Edina (MN) junior offensive tackle Tommy Doyle was one of those visitors and he recaps his time in Madison.
“We got to tour the facilities and got a pretty detailed tour of the campus, which was cool,” Doyle told BadgerNation. “We got to see where all the things were and got a feel of what student and campus life is like. Lastly we got to see their first spring practice. It was cool to see a college practice and they ran it very well. It was the first day, so they did a lot of individual stuff and overall a good experience.
“This was my first time at Wisconsin. Overall I was very impressed academic wise and how they run their program. They value football a lot and I was just very impressed.”
The 6-7, 250-pound was very busy during his time at Wisconsin but had the opportunity to sit down with defensive coordinator Dave Aranda and defensive line coach Inoke Breckterfield, who both project him to be a potential impact player in their 3-4 scheme.
“With their 3-4 system, they envision me as a defensive end,” said Doyle. “In that system and being a long athletic end that can have a good point of attack off the line of the ball. I’m comfortable playing there.”
Doyle’s recruitment has started to pick up. Heading from Iowa State, Minnesota, Northern Illinois, Doyle has landed his first offer from Eastern Michigan and has a new fond interest of Wisconsin after his impressive visit.
“I’m definitely interested in Wisconsin,” said Doyle. “I was impressed and I had a good experience. It would definitely be kind of a dream school for me.”