West Roxbury (MA) athlete A.J. Doyle has had a change of heart. After committing to NC State over…
Desire to Play QB Has Doyle Back On Market
A.J. Doyle was set to be a linebacker at North Carolina State, but then he took charge of the offensive huddle, led the offense and realized he wanted to play quarterback. So the 6-foot-3,217-pound Doyle, who plays at Catholic Memorial High (West Roxbury, Mass.) de-committed from the Wolfpack to market himself as a quarterback and take that route. He is now waiting to put together a senior highlight tape and try to add to his quarterback offers from Western Michigan and Massachusetts. "I'm confident there will be more schools out there that didn't get the guy they wanted, and they will see after the season that I can play," Doyle said. "They will see I can come in with chip on shoulder and, guess what? When I come to your school I'm going to lead you to victory over those schools that didn't think I could do it." Doyle said he spoke to his family about before his decision, and said his desire to play quarterback was the reason the he switched. "I was thinking about since a couple of weeks after I committed," Doyle said. "Once football starts and you're with your teammates and playing quarterback, there is no better feeling. That is something I don't want to miss out on." Doyle holds the two offers to play quarterback, and he is hopeful once word circulates of his desire to play quarterback, move schools come calling. "I haven't really contacted any schools," Doyle said. "We had a bye week when I chose to do it, and then I have just been waiting to get my tape ready. "There are schools that haven't got their quarterback, or the quarterback they feel can be that guy for them. I've (played quarterback) since I was a freshman and will continue to do it, and once I go to college, I will come in with a chip on my shoulder." Having gone through the recruiting experience once, Doyle believes that will be an asset. "I think it's going to be more stressful, but I've already been through it and seen what happens,' Doyle said. "But it makes me more relaxed to know I have opportunities to play already."
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