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“How could I not like Michigan State?”
Kevin Doyle, a 3-star quarterback in the 2018 class, makes sure to pose the question before the chat wraps. He doesn’t expect an answer.
“They have so many quarterbacks in the NFL, and they have been winning for a long time,” the 6-foot-3 Doyle told Landof10.com. “It’s definitely one of my top schools.”
Doyle, a junior at Malvern Prep (Pa.) and the No. 13 pro-style quarterback in his class, has only visited Michigan State once, and it was for a one-day elite camp in June. A scholarship offer followed soon after. His list now includes offers from Iowa, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Pitt and West Virginia.
He hasn’t seen campus in session, and he still has a lot to learn about the school. So, what has given Doyle such a great impression of the Spartans?
Sixty-five wins in five years going into 2016 certainly helps. Doyle also said the coaches (namely quarterbacks coach Brad Salem and running backs coach Dave Warner, who have recruited him) and facilities are “awesome.”
Then, there’s one of those NFL quarterbacks he mentioned. While at camp, Doyle had the chance to meet and talk to MSU alumnus and Washington Redskins starter Kirk Cousins.
“He’s a great guy,” Doyle said. “He had nothing but great things to say about me.”
Saturday will offer another opportunity to meet some cool people associated with Michigan State. After Malvern hosts Baltimore’s Gilman School on Friday night, Doyle will head off for an early Saturday morning visiting East Lansing for the No. 8 Spartans’ game against No. 9 Wisconsin.
He’ll visit with his father and a teammate, 2018 linebacker Cole McCabe.
“I want to make sure he sees the college process before he goes through it for himself,” Doyle said of McCabe, “because he’s gonna start getting a lot of looks.”
Doyle is excited for the opportunity to see Michigan State while classes are in session and find out “what makes it … it.” He anticipates he’ll tour the campus and talk more with the coaches.
Maybe he’ll get a chance to meet basketball coach and recent Naismith Hall of Fame inductee Tom Izzo as well. He grew up not far from Villanova University, where his father played lacrosse, so he’s a big college basketball fan.
Doyle isn’t asking for any such treatment, nor is he expecting it. Presumably, though, Izzo will be at the game, entertaining his own visitors. So it’s a possibility.
Doyle’s main priority is getting a better sense of the university and the football program. Doyle has built a strong relationship with Salem and Warner. This second visit is the next step.
“I told them that I would make it back out,” Doyle said, “so I’m excited to get out there Saturday.”
More names continue to surface of commits who also plan to visit Michigan State this weekend.
While 247Sports’ Sean Scherer reported that 3-star defensive tackle Josh Walker (whom the Spartans offered three weeks ago) cannot visit because of a schedule change, 3-star defensive end Alex Reigelsperger is expected to visit.
Add that to a list that includes Doyle, 4-star receiver KJ Hamler, 4-star tight end Trenton Gillison and many others to go with a host of commits, and Michigan State is making the most of a tough situation.
Two top 10 teams should always garner a big crowd of visitors, but a noon kickoff makes travel difficult. Still, the Spartans have done well to schedule quite a few top prospects.
Eastern to East Lansing
Evanston Township (Ill.) guard Nojel Eastern is a 4-star prospect taking his official visit this weekend. The Spartans have been pursuing him for a long time, and he might be close to a decision.
He won’t have good friend and 4-star forward Xavier Tillman there, as Tillman began his official visit to Marquette on Friday. The two visited Purdue together. But Eastern will likely have a heck of an atmosphere with Wisconsin in town.
While the Spartans are going for a lot of big men in the 2017 class, Eastern appears to be the top target at guard. He is a smart player who can control an offense regardless of where he is on the court. If the Spartans can impress him into committing, it would be huge for the class and for recruiting momentum.
All ratings are from the 247Sports composite rankings unless otherwise noted.