Xavier High (Middletown, Conn.) quarterback Tim Boyle threw for Pittsburgh on Thursday, and it…
4-offer QB Boyle Getting Plenty of Visitors
Xavier High (Middletown, Conn.) quarterback Tim Boyle is getting a bit of pressure from the schools already offering him a scholarship to make a decision, but the 6-foot-4, 200-pounder isn't quite ready to do so. Not with Pittsburgh coming to watch him throw Thursday, with Oregon slated to come in Friday, and the possibility of Tennessee offering if he has a strong camp showing in the summer. "I do want to commit before my senior year, but the time period would probably be right after the camp circuit," Boyle said. "I would say sometime by mid-summer." Boyle holds offers from Connecticut, Syracuse, Massachusetts and Boston College and is getting the aforementioned interest, as well as interest from Maryland, Rutgers, Florida, Alabama and Auburn. For the SEC schools yet to offer, getting to camp is vital for Boyle. "They're telling me they want me to come down to their camp,' Boyle said. "Tennessee told me they offered a couple quarterbacks, and I'm next on the list, and if one of the quarterbacks commit (to another school), you're right there with us. "It's the same with Florida. I talked to the offensive coordinator (Brent) Pease, and he likes me a lot. Same with Auburn and (assistant) Scott Loeffler." The process of recruiting can be frustrating because of circumstance and recruiting territories. Tennessee defensive line coach Jim Palermo recruits Xavier High, but the Vols won't offer unless offensive coordinator Jim Chaney sees Boyle throw. "(Palermo) came in and saw me throw and he said he would offer me if he was the offensive coordinator, but he's not," Boyle said. "If (Chaney) doesn't come to see me, I have to head down to their camp, show them my stuff and hopefully walk out of there with an offer." However, in the case of Pittsburgh and Oregon, more immediate returns can be gained. "The quarterbacks coach, Brooks Bollinger, is probably going to watch me throw," Boyle said. "That will be interesting. "Oregon, I'm surprised. The offensive coordinator is actually flying out to come see me throw on Friday. I was kind of skeptical. I run a low 4.9. I'm not a speed guy. Obviously, Oregon with their spread offense and the quick quarterback …and my coach talked to them and they said, ‘No, that doesn't bother us. We want to come evaluate your arm and see you in person and see your arm, your size, your build.' That's interesting, too. That will be cool." And Boyle's interest in the schools yet to offer is no slight against the four to already follow through with an offer. "They all have unique qualities that I like," Boyle said. "Boston College, the area is great. I love the school. The program has nowhere but up to go. They're building the program. "Syracuse, I love the offensive coordinator (Nathaniel Hackett). He's a great guy, and his offense is great. "UMass, it's a great area, they just moved up to Division I. UConn is the home state. There's a bunch of characteristics, and I just have to narrow it down and see what's best for me." Other options could spring up with spring camps, including Maryland. That is, if Boyle decides to visit there in the summer. "A Maryland coach was up to see me," Boyle said. "Maryland told me the only reason they're not offering me right now is because I didn't start last year because I split time. That humbled me a little bit and made me want to work harder just to perfect my skills for this year so I can show them that I am the guy. "Splitting time doesn't take anything away from my abilities as a quarterback, so it gave me a little motivation to work harder." The only camp Boyle knows he will compete at is Tennessee. The rest need to be scheduled. "It's going to be a tough decision, but I need to start narrowing it down," he said. "If I talk to the coaches at the SEC schools and they like me enough and they want me to come to their camp and show my stuff, maybe I'll get an offer and consider them. It's just a matter of talking to the coaches now, and taking some visits and feeling comfortable."
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