ESPNU is reporting Catholic Memorial quarterback A.J. Doyle has verbally committed to North Carolina State for the fall of 2012.
The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Doyle also had offers from UMass and Western Michigan at the time of his commitment. The three-star quarterback becomes the ninth member of head coach Tom O'Brien's 2012 recruiting class.
Doyle's current evaluation on Scouts Inc. reads as follows:
Doyle really starts to grow on you the more you watch him. He has some quirks to iron out, but he possesses terrific measurables, quality arm talent and he is a decent athlete. He is thickly built and looks good on the hoof. He is a multiple set, pro-style prospect that works from under center and out of the shotgun and is at his best as a rhythm and timing passer in the three and five-step passing game. He also throws very well on the move off naked play-action which puts him out on the perimeter. Has a very good grasp of this offense. Understands timing, ball placement and anticipation of routes and throwing windows. Shows quick feet and adequate set-up within the pocket. Is a very good ball handler that can freeze linebackers and safeties and fit the ball in between coverage over the middle of the field. Shows zip and power on throws when his feet are set. Shows good overall accuracy and can drop the ball in over coverage on downfield throws. Changes ball speeds and shows touch in the red area. Is a good enough athlete to tuck the ball and get downfield as a runner. Arm strength is adequate-to-good and he flashes the ability to consistently make difficult throws outside of the numbers to intermediate and deep zones of the field. Doyle's delivery is pretty quick and he is consistent mechanically, but he has a hitch in his motion, drops the ball low and draws it back to come over the top. There is wasted motion in his methods. However, the ends result and accuracy is fairly impressive and his mechanical deficiencies become less of an issue. We would expect Doyle to see his recruitment heat up over the summer and fall months and feel he is a non-BCS/lower end BCS prospect with developmental upside.
More details to follow later today.