The Iowa football team now has six players committed in its 2015 recruiting class and half of them play quarterback.
West Des Moines Dowling Catholic quarterback Ryan Boyle committed to Iowa Wednesday afternoon according to Dowling coach Tom Wilson. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound Boyle is the third high school quarterback to commit to Iowa’s 2015 recruiting class, joining Regina’s Drew Cook and Illinois native Jack Beneventi.
Wilson said he was surprised that Boyle committed this soon.
“A little bit,” Wilson said. “But he’s a deep thinker and I’m sure he’s put a lot of thought into his decision.”
Boyle was unavailable for comment Wednesday, but later announced his decision on Twitter.
Boyle is considered a dual-threat quarterback and is coming off a junior season in which he led Dowling to the Class 4A state title and to a 14-0 record. He was named the 2013 Gatorade Player of the Year in Iowa after passing for 1,833 yards and 21 touchdowns and rushing for 1,332 yards and 24 touchdowns.
Boyle will have plenty of competition for playing time when he joins the Iowa team in the fall of 2015.
“He’s not afraid of competition and I’m sure the other quarterbacks aren’t afraid of it, either, Wilson said. “He’s just going to roll up his sleeves and get to work.”
Boyle was born in Georgia and moved to Iowa while in elementary school. His family has connections to the University of Iowa. His father received his Master’s degree from Iowa, while his older sister is currently a UI student.
“I know he feels very comfortable around the players and coaches up there,” Wilson said. “He said it feels like a family.”
Boyle did not respond to text messages or a phone calls requesting an interview.
He also had scholarship offers from Western Michigan, Montana State and Illinois State and was drawing interest from Iowa State, Kansas State and Nebraska.
Boyle is the first Dowling quarterback to commit to Iowa since Phil Suess picked the Hawkeyes in 1976.
“I think he just wants to focus on his senior year and getting better and now he can do that,” Wilson said.