Great story here: http://www.freep.com/story/sports/college/university-michigan/wolverines/2017/09/26/michigan-football-recruiting-kevin-doyle-jim-harbaugh/705966001/
The line of communication between Michigan’s coaching staff and Kevin Doyle had been somewhat quiet, until Pep Hamilton and Jim Harbaugh spent time watching Concord De La Salle vs. St. John’s College High School on ESPN.
They watched Doyle — a three-star 2018 pro-style quarterback from St. John’s — throw for more than 300 yards against one of the top prep programs in America, one day before U-M’s season-opener against Florida in Texas.
“And then I got a text from coach Harbaugh asking me to give them a call,” Doyle told the Free Press recently.
The rest happened fast. And now, Doyle is a committed member of Michigan’s 2018 recruiting class.
A 6-foot-4, 210-pounder, Doyle ranks as the No. 21-rated pro-style passer in the 2018 class. The Wolverines have had a commitment from four-star quarterback Joe Milton since May, but they’ve continued to pursue options at the position.
After watching Doyle perform on national television, Harbaugh and Hamilton had Doyle make an unofficial visit to campus for a game against Air Force two weeks ago. The offer came then. And this past Sunday, Doyle made it official.
"I figured out Michigan was the best place for me," Doyle said. "Ann Arbor’s a great place, Michigan has a great academic business school, I’m a huge fan of that. Coach Harbaugh and his offense have been great. I could see myself playing in that offense and thriving.”
Known for his size and arm strength, Doyle ranked in the 99th percentile for arm strength at The Opening over the summer. He's agile enough to keep plays alive outside the pocket and, fundamentally, he fits Michigan's offense.
During his most recent trip to campus, Doyle spent a lot of time watching various film clips with Harbaugh and Hamilton. He offered his input. They taught him a few things.
Everything worked out. And now he's excited for the next step.
“They were happy to see that (I could break film down), that really impressed them I think,” he said. “We watched a little bit of everything. I made a few comments, we talked football, it was a lot of fun and I learned a lot.”
Doyle is focused on making his current season at St. John's the best he can. Through four games, Doyle has thrown for 1,145 yards, nine touchdowns and two interceptions, according to the Washington Post.
St. John's has already played against three nationally-ranked programs and has one of the country's top-rated schedules.
This was the reason why Doyle transferred to St. John's from Malvern Prep in Pennsylvania, and a big part of the reason why Michigan reconnected with him.
For all of this, he's very thankful.
“We’re ranked in the top 25, we had the No. 2 schedule in the country, we just played St. John Bosco and we played De La Salle – we’ve played the top teams in the country and we compete well,” he said. “So, for me to get that chance, I think it says a lot. And I think that’s why they took interest.
"I'm just really happy."