West Des Moines Dowling Catholic quarterback Ryan Boyle has traveled to Iowa City on numerous occasions, but his trip Wednesday brought with it a special reward.
Boyle met with Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz at 4 p.m. Wednesday. They chatted briefly before Ferentz got down to business.
“He sat us down and we had a little small talk and then he was like, ‘You know I’d like you to be an Iowa Hawkeye, and I feel like after talking with the other coaches, they feel the exact same way,’” said Boyle said of Ferentz.
Boyle was hoping that a scholarship offer would come when the Iowa coaches asked him to travel to Iowa City on Wednesday. He still was surprised, though, when Ferentz extended the offer.
“It came and now I’m just really happy about it,” said Boyle, who was accompanied on the trip by his father.
Iowa is the fourth school to offer Boyle a scholarship, but the first from a major conference.
He said it was tough not committing on the spot. But Boyle said he felt he owed it to his other family members to seek their advice before making such an important decision.
“It was tough in a way there was that pressure to commit on the spot,” Boyle said. “But I hadn’t told my mother or the rest of my family about it. And I kind wanted to tell them.
“We’re a very tight family and I thought we had to discuss it before I made a decision. It wasn’t really my place to commit on the spot.”
Boyle moved to Iowa from Georgia when he was 7 years old. His older sister is also a sophomore at the University of Iowa, so he’s familiar with Iowa City and the UI campus.
Boyle’s scholarship offer from Ferentz came about two months after fellow high school junior quarterback Jack Beneventi committed to Iowa in December. Most recruiting classes don’t have two quarterbacks, but Boyle said he isn’t afraid of competition.
Beneventi is a 6-foot-6 four-star recruit and lives in suburban Chicago.
“I don’t like to lose, and if I don’t get the starting job, that means losing, in my eyes,” Boyle, who led Dowling to the Class 4A state title and a 14-0 record last season. “And I don’t want that happen and I’m going to try my hardest.”
The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Boyle is coming off a junior season in which he passed for 1,833 yards and 21 touchdowns, and rushed for 1,332 yards and 24 touchdowns. He completed 12-of-14 passes for 287 yards and two touchdowns, in addition to rushing for 78 yards during Dowling’s 44-13 victory over Cedar Rapids Xavier in the Class 4A title game.
Boyle said he wants to see how the recruiting process plays out before making a commitment. He was thrilled with the Iowa offer, but doesn’t have much to compare the Hawkeyes to at this point.
Boyle has scholarship offers from Western Michigan, Montana State and Illinois State. He also has taken unofficial visits to Iowa State and Minnesota and has been in contact with Michigan State and several other BCS schools.
“As of right now I don’t know it’s going to be a process,” Boyle said. “If Iowa is the only one (major offer), then I’m going to have to take that. If there are multiple schools, then it’s going to be a process and I’ll have to sit down and look at each one and see which one best fits me.”
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