March 5, 2013

All-State lineman hearing from MSU

Offensive line recruiting is very important for Michigan State for the class of 2014 and one of the top in-state players they are evaluating is Curtis Doyle of Alma High School. Doyle already has a pair of scholarship offers and more are sure to come. We have the latest information on his recruitment.

Last spring SpartanMag.com was able to observe Doyle at the Maximum Exposure Combine held in Michigan. At that time we felt confident that he would be one of the top offensive line recruits in the state of Michigan for his class. By the looks of his recruitment, it looks as if Doyle is on track to be a high-level recruit.

As a junior the 6-foot-5, 295-Doyle had an outstanding season for Alma High School. He spoke with us about his post season accolades and the expectations for the upcoming season.

"I received First Team All-Conference and First Team All-State," Doyle said. "We should be a conference contender. We will be able to run the ball well."

Run blocking is something Doyle excels at and he has worked hard over the past year to improve his pass blocking skills. Having seen him perform in a camp, we feel confident in saying he has the tools to be just as effective in pass protection. That upside potential is what has college coaches very interested in Doyle. We asked him about the schools that have offered him a scholarship and the ones that are showing him a significant amount of interest at this point in his recruitment.

"I have been offered by Central Michigan and Western Michigan in the past month," Doyle stated. "I am hearing the most from Michigan State, Iowa, Nebraska, and Purdue."

The Spartans have kept in frequent contact with Doyle over the past 12-months and it is safe to say they are looking forward to having him on campus in the near future. Doyle talked about Michigan State University.

"Coach Mark Staten is recruiting me," Doyle stated. "It is nice to be recruited by the offensive line coach. We have had contact since the end of my sophomore year, so we have a pretty good relationship built. Coach Staten has invited me to future spring practices. I am excited to get back on campus. I went to about 4 games last season in East Lansing. I love the atmosphere down there!"

Since it is still early in the process and Doyle will certainly pick up more offers in the coming months he stated that he is not thinking about making his decision anytime soon. With that said, he does have a good idea of what he is looking for when it comes to college.

"The education is the main thing. I am also looking for a football program with great tradition and has good team morals. My family is a huge part of my life and I want to play football in an environment that demands respect and is family oriented," Doyle said.

Doyle has been invited to several camps and combines that will be taking place in the coming two months, including the Rivals/Under Armour Event. At those events Doyle will be able to showcase his skills against many of the top defensive linemen from around the Midwest. Back in December Doyle attended the Adidas Showcase Combine and was a standout performer. Rivals.com Midwest Analyst Josh Helmholdt had the following to say about Doyle.

"One of the more encouraging developments from Saturday's showcase was the development of several young linemen whom we had not seen since the off-season. Tops among them was Alma, Mich., junior offensive tackle Curtis Doyle. We last saw Doyle in May at the Michigan Elite Camp and he showed promise, but the 6-foot-6, 310-pounder has stepped up his game since. His footwork was much improved, and he dominated every defensive lineman he faced in one-on-ones."

SpartanMag.com will be sure to keep in contact with Doyle as his recruitment progresses. We expect that Coach Staten will be anxious to see Doyle at the Michigan State Camp and a strong performance will lead to a scholarship offer.


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