Catholic Memorial quarterback A.J. Doyle first met Charley Molnar two summers ago at Notre Dame's football camp, working with the then-offensive coordinator alongside some of the nation's top quarterback prospects, including Gunnar Kiel and Gray Crow.
Last Thursday, Molnar was named the new head coach of UMass, and the first recruit he called was Doyle, to reassure him that the scholarship offer first extended by fired head coach Kevin Morris was still on the line.
Molnar has big plans for the Minutemen going forward, from loading up with a coaching staff with Division 1 and NFL experience, to installing a fast-paced, no-huddle offense. Those plans also include him directly, if he so wishes, saying he has a chance to compete for the starting job as a true freshman.
"That was the thing he called me about, to make sure I knew it was still on the table," Doyle said tonight. "Basically, there was no other quarterback he'd rather want, being a Mass. guy and everything."
Molnar will coach Notre Dame in the Champs Sports Bowl on Dec. 29. After that, Molnar plans on having an in-home visit with Doyle.
Doyle, who was named the Catholic Conference's Co-MVP this fall, said he still plans on taking a visit to Purdue University on Jan. 13. He has also sent tape to Arkansas, which has shown interest.