Hawkeyes Land Iowa City West Linebacker Dillon Doyle

March 20, 2017

Written by Rob Howe

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Saying it’s always been his dream to play for the Black and Gold and head coach Kirk Ferentz, Iowa City West High linebacker Dillon Doyle announced his commitment to the Hawkeyes on Monday night. He’s the son of longtime Iowa strength coach Chris Doyle.

Dillon Doyle became Iowa’s third known verbal commitment in the 2018 recruiting class. He joined fellow linebacker Mike Bruner from Wisconsin as well as Illinois offensive lineman Jeff Jenkins.

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HN spoke with Doyle after be picked up his Iowa offer earlier this month. At that time, he said he wanted to visit Harvard, where his brother, Donovan Doyle, is a freshman on the wrestling team. He never made it to Cambridge.

“It wasn’t really like I was shopping around for other schools,” Dillon told HN Monday night. “I had to come to grips with turning down a Harvard education in order to play Big Ten football. I don’t regret the decision. I talked with my family about it. It took a while for me to get here but I’m excited about the decision I made.”

Dillon has another connection to the Iowa program. After playing baseball at Iowa Western, Declan Doyle, Chris’ oldest son, is a student assistant with the Hawkeye team.

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“Neither of my brothers got the chance to play Big Ten football but it was a dream for all of us. So, it’s safe to say we’re pretty excited as a family,” Dillon said.

Doyle recorded 54 tackles (8.5 for loss) with a sack as a junior. He also intercepted a pass. As a tight end, he caught 12 passes for 152 yards and three touchdowns. The Trojans (10-3) reached the Class 4A state championship game.

“In early talks (with Iowa coaches), I’m an outside linebacker but wherever I can help the team and get on the field is alright,” he said.

While the commitment was a bit surreal still Monday night, Doyle was comfortable knowing with what he was getting into.

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“I’ve been around the program for so long I know what the players go through on a day to day basis and I’m ready to see myself in that position,” he said.

Chris Doyle is known as one of the country’s best strength coaches. He works out his guys hard. Dillon is prepared.

“I’m definitely ready. He knows how to separate coach from dad. I’m excited for him to push me like he would any other player to make me the best player I can be,” Dillon said.

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