Kevin Doyle, Ex-Wolverine

Kevin Doyle, Ex-Wolverine

February 4, 2018

Kevin Doyle

Washington (DC) St. John’s quarterback Kevin Doyle decommitted from Michigan on Sunday afternoon. He had been committed to Michigan since September. Doyle is a 3-star, the #23 pro-style quarterback, and #555 overall. He has other offers from Arizona, Boston College, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Pitt, Syracuse, and West Virginia, among others.

I gave Doyle a TTB Rating of 76 (LINK), comparing him to the likes of Wilton Speight and John Navarre – decent quarterbacks, but not stars.

Doyle did not sign during the early signing period in December, and Michigan had been talking to him about going to prep school for a year and reclassifying to the 2019 class. Doyle had been aware of that plan for a while, but with a decent offer list, it always seemed like it might be difficult to convince him to spend an extra year in school when he doesn’t need it academically. He will presumably sign with another FBS school, although it’s unclear at this moment which program is in the driver’s seat.

Michigan’s depth chart for 2018 now looks like this (listed in order of experience):

  1. Shea Patterson (Jr.)
  2. Brandon Peters (RS So.)
  3. Dylan McCaffrey (RS Fr.)
  4. Joe Milton (Fr.)


  1. Comments: 92
    Joined: 8/11/2015
    Feb 04, 2018 at 6:28 PM

    Kind of figured this was going to happen when he did not sign early. Not many 3 stars don’t sign with a Michigan type early. Wish him well, but we hopefully use the scholly for more of a position of need.

  2. Comments: 400
    Joined: 12/24/2016
    Feb 04, 2018 at 7:51 PM

    Taking 2 qb’s in this class made no sense to me anyway but then I’ve pretty much given up on trying to understand Harb’s recruiting philosophy, little lone the long term strategy as well as the short term in state/regional tactics………

    He’s on his own – I’ll wait to see what the field production is; hopefully good to great but gota start winnin Something that matters; gota win games against teams with winning records and a game that is an !

    My 2 cents back to the SB……………INTJohn

    • Comments: 262
      Joined: 8/12/2015
      Painter Smurf
      Feb 04, 2018 at 10:16 PM

      Made sense before Shea signed. Imagine if Shea had not transferred in and McCaffrey beat out Peters in spring. One of these freshmen may have had to contribute, and Milton looks like a project. Shea changed the strategy, no doubt.

  3. Comments: 295
    Joined: 12/19/2015
    Feb 05, 2018 at 12:01 AM

    Kind of a downer. I like Doyle more than Milton and I think you can’t get enough QB’s right now at UM. This 2018 class is really mediocre. 2019 is a crucial recruiting class.

  4. Comments: 1356
    Joined: 8/13/2015
    Feb 05, 2018 at 7:29 AM

    I keep hearing McCaffrey is ahead of Peters. Might be wishful thinking and/or backup QB syndrome, but … multiple people who get a whiff here and there.

    • Comments: 3844
      Joined: 7/13/2015
      Feb 05, 2018 at 7:41 AM

      I’ve heard that, too, but I am dismissing info like that about quarterbacks. O’Korn was ahead of Rudock, Speight/O’Korn were ahead of Peters, McCaffrey was ahead of Peters, etc. More than other positions, it seems like beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

      • Comments: 1863
        Joined: 1/19/2016
        Feb 05, 2018 at 9:25 AM

        True, but Peters didn’t exactly wow us. What we got was a glimpse of potential, followed by a peak of more potential, and then a nothing…
        He had a real chance with over a month of starter reps against a not-great opponent, and actually looked bad
        It’s still early, but I think the Mac talk is hopeful, if nothing else

  5. Comments: 276
    Joined: 2/6/2018
    Feb 05, 2018 at 8:21 PM

    Considering the effect Doyle had on his Washington DC team, and the effect Milton had on his Florida team, this is sad news. Should I post the stats of the 2 and make this news even sadder?

    • Comments: 3844
      Joined: 7/13/2015
      Feb 05, 2018 at 8:32 PM

      High school stats vary wildly. Tate Forcier completed 77%, 71%, and 63.9% of his passes during his three years on varsity in high school. Nobody’s looking for a repeat of that.

      • Comments: 276
        Joined: 2/6/2018
        Feb 05, 2018 at 9:34 PM

        But I’m not thinking there will be improvement by Milton in the NCAA over what he did in hs.

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