Kevin Doyle, Wolverine

Kevin Doyle, Wolverine

September 30, 2017

Washington (DC) St. John’s QB Kevin Doyle

Washington (DC) St. John’s quarterback Kevin Doyle committed to Michigan this past week. He chose the Wolverines over offers from Indiana, Iowa, Michigan State, Nebraska, and Ole Miss, among others.

Doyle is 6’4″ and 210 lbs. He claims a 4.85 forty.

ESPN: 4-star, 80 grade, #27 pro-style QB
Rivals: 3-star pro-style QB
Scout: 3-star, #22 pro-style QB
247 Sports: 3-star, 88 grade, #15 pro-style QB, #396 overall

Hit the jump for more on the commitment.

Doyle was a recent offer after Michigan saw his high school game on television. He visited Ann Arbor a couple weekends ago and, after the offer came, he went ahead and committed. It’s unusual that quarterbacks take so little time to decide when new offers are presented, but it was an offer Doyle had been wanting for a while.

Doyle is a tall guy with a good frame for a pro-style quarterback. Listed at 6’4″ and 210 lbs., he should pretty easily hit 225-230 lbs. as his body fills out in the future. He has a high release point that should limit knockdowns at the line of scrimmage. He does a pretty good job with his footwork and keeps his eyes downfield when he scrambles.

Possessing mildly good athleticism for a high school quarterback, Doyle doesn’t have great speed and will look more limited once he hits college. He can be inconsistent with his mechanics and release, and he doesn’t appear to be a great improviser.

Overall, this is a decent pickup for Michigan, but I don’t see him as a future star. He’s more along the lines of a Wilton Speight or a John Navarre, guys who might be able to play but who have limitations. The curious thing is that Michigan could have kept plugging away with guys who are committed elsewhere like Tyler Shough (North Carolina) and Dorian Thompson-Robinson (UCLA), but now those are more unlikely since two quarterbacks are now committed to U of M. Joe Milton still says he’s 100% committed to Michigan.

Next year the depth chart will be something like this:

  • Wilton Speight (RS Sr.)
  • Brandon Peters (RS So.)
  • Dylan McCaffrey (RS Fr.)
  • Kevin Doyle (Fr.)
  • Joe Milton (Fr.)

There are 14 commitments for Michigan right now in the 2018 class, surpassing the number of spots they have open by two (LINK). There will be some departures in the off-season to open up enough spots for the guys who are already committed, but it’s unclear just how big this recruiting class will be.

TTB Rating: 76


  1. Comments: 1863
    Joined: 1/19/2016
    Sep 30, 2017 at 3:55 PM

    Thunder, have you heard anything on Doyle’s character? I’ve read “things” about dad…

  2. Comments: 32
    Joined: 1/16/2016
    High Sierra Howard
    Sep 30, 2017 at 4:32 PM

    Looks like you have already assumed that Alex Malzone will leave the program

    • Comments: 3844
      Joined: 7/13/2015
      Sep 30, 2017 at 4:43 PM

      That is correct. I do not think he will be around next year. And even if he were, I don’t think he would factor into the depth chart. He’s already behind Speight, O’Korn, Peters, and McCaffrey.

  3. Comments: 528
    Joined: 9/13/2015
    Sep 30, 2017 at 5:11 PM

    I don’t see anything close to Speight or Navarre. I see a guy who is going to have to learn how to slide, get stronger but has some very good qb traits. Has a quick release. I think your score is about right but would not surprise me to see him start somewhere down the line.

    The number of schools that were offering is a testament to him being a quality prospect. This is the type of qb who Harbaugh can mold. When I first saw his tape I had a flashback to a skinny gawky high school Brady.

  4. Comments: 295
    Joined: 12/19/2015
    Sep 30, 2017 at 9:41 PM

    I agree that the athleticism seems limited on the video I’ve seen. He seems slow with little waggle. However, his coach seems to think just the opposite. Saying he runs a 4.7 on a good day. If that “good day” is getting the tail wind during a hurricane, maybe. I think he’s closer to 4.9-5.0 most likely. His coach also said he can dunk a basketball. Not sure if he meant on a regulation rim or 9ft elementary school basket. Seems very contradictory from what I watched.

    I do like his the air he puts over the top on the deep routes. Seems to spin it well. Lots of quick-hit passes makes it difficult to assess his ability to look off a receiver. In fact, I don’t think he looked off a receiver in all the highlights I’ve seen. I think you can teach that though.
    76 rating seems fair. I guessed you’d say low-mid 80’s.

    • Comments: 3844
      Joined: 7/13/2015
      Sep 30, 2017 at 10:04 PM

      It doesn’t take a great athlete to dunk a basketball. I’ve had plenty of average athletes who can dunk a basketball. That’s just how it is when you’re 17 years old or so.

      • Comments: 12
        Joined: 8/12/2015
        Oct 01, 2017 at 10:26 AM

        Especially when you’re 6’4″. I am a terrible athlete but I’m 6’3″ and could dunk when I was that age.

        • Comments: 55
          Joined: 8/11/2015
          Oct 02, 2017 at 9:49 AM

          I’m 5’9″ and I could just touch the bottom of the rim when I was in college, and I was not a great athlete.

  5. Comments: 400
    Joined: 12/24/2016
    Sep 30, 2017 at 11:30 PM

    Your depth chart for 2018 is presumptuous in that do you really think Sp8 returns 4 a 5th yr as a backup?
    Its not a given Sp8 starts in 2018 and given his performance this year its possible if not probable he is even the starter for the rest of this season.

    Given that as viable possibility – to think Sp8 returns as a bench sitter for a 5th year is certainly debatable………..

    • Comments: 3844
      Joined: 7/13/2015
      Sep 30, 2017 at 11:41 PM

      Most predictions are presumptuous.

      Speight is the starter, and O’Korn will be gone.

      • Comments: 1364
        Joined: 8/11/2015
        Oct 01, 2017 at 10:25 AM

        Assuming Speight plays significant time yet this season if he plays at the level he has so far this year, it would be huge disappointment if neither Peters nor McCaffrey could beat him out. It would either mean that Harbaugh has done a below-average job in developing them, or that he has completely abandoned the idea of a meritocracy at QB, and is simply going to start the guy who’s been around longest, no matter how mediocre they are.

        • Comments: 12
          Joined: 8/12/2015
          Oct 01, 2017 at 10:32 AM

          I doubt Speight will be making decisions on the assumption that he’s going to continue playing poorly. Even if O’Korn starts the rest of the season, he’s a fifth year guy so Speight wouldn’t need to compete with him for 2018. I’d have to imagine Speight would believe he can get back to his mid-2016 form and hold off Peters and McCaffrey. Maybe he would, maybe he wouldn’t–but either way Speight would still be on the roster.

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