The Iowa coaches are requesting Tommy Doyle’s patience. He’ll oblige.
The Minnesota defensive end returned to Iowa City Saturday for the third time in the last two months. He watched the public spring scrimmage at Kinnick Stadium and continued to build his relationship with the coaches.
Eastern Michigan, Illinois State, Northern Iowa and South Dakota have extended scholarship offers to Doyle. The Hawkeyes have not. Neither has home-state Minnesota, Iowa State, Northwestern or Wisconsin, who also are recruiting him.
"It’s not hard to be patient. I’ve already been blessed with some opportunities and staying patient is humbling. It gives me an edge and makes me push myself harder," the 6-foot-7, 250-pounder said.
Iowa is one of the top offers for which Doyle is pushing, he said. He hears a message that resonates with him.
"(Saturday) was my third time there and I always enjoy it. The facilities obviously stick out, but behind that the coaching staff and strength coach (Chris) Doyle always impress me. They talk about not collecting talent, but building talent. I think that applies to me as well," he said.
In nine games as an Edina (MN) High junior last season, Doyle accumulated 43 tackles, two tackles for loss, six sacks, two forced fumbles and three passes defended. He was voted a team captain.
Doyle said he watched Iowa’s defensive ends on Saturday. He said he saw a lot of himself in redshirt freshman Matt Nelson, a tall, rangy player.
Doyle plans to shows coaches he’s an FBS caliber talent on the team camp circuit this summer. One of those stops will be in Iowa City.
"I talked with Coach Reese (Morgan) and Coach Seth Wallace (Saturday). Coach Wallace told me to stay patient with this whole recruiting process. He will he out to my high school in a couple weeks. There is interest there but I need to continue to work hard and prove myself at camp," Doyle said.