One of these three-star prospects is Wake Forest-Rolesville (NC) offensive tackle Ryan Doyle, who committed to the Terps back in early April. Doyle is tall (6'5”) and quick (4.9 40 yard dash), and give Maryland more depth on the offensive line when he gets on campus in two years.
The Cougars went 14-1 last season, putting together an undefeated regular season campaign, reaching the fourth round of the state playoffs, and winning the CAP 7 conference championship. They were defeated by Jack Britt High School (NC) in the fourth round.
“I was proud of the way my team played,” Doyle said. “We overcame a lot of doubt. People didn't think that we could go as far as we did, but we didn't let it stop us. We played lights out every game.”
As well as assisting on the punt team, Doyle played offensive tackle the whole year for the Cougars, and was pleased with his season on the line.
“I felt really satisfied with my performance and the way I played,” he said. “I always knew when I did well, my dad told me straight up if I did well or not. But most of the time I had done well.”
The Terps are hoping the North Carolina big man will be able to come in and help on the O-line, an area where Maryland has repeatedly struggled over the past few years. Doyle's specialty is in pass protection, but he is confident in his run blocking ability as well.
“I have great, quick feet,” he said. “I love when my team calls a pass because I feel extremely confident in my ability to stop the defense. I feel great about run blocking as well. I wasn't so good at it last year, but I did a lot of work at the Carolina Skills Academy and it helped develop my skills in that area.”
Maryland offensive line coach Tom Bratton has told Doyle that he is impressed with the young lineman's technique, and the biggest area of improvement needed for the rising senior to become an ACC-caliber lineman is his size. While he stands tall at 6'5”, Doyle currently weighs 260 pounds, a number the Terps would like to increase.
One of three of Maryland's 2011 commits North Carollina, Doyle had three main reasons for choosing to be a Terp.
“The school's architecture program is one of the top 25 in the world,” he said. “The program is shaping up to be a solid team in the ACC, and I love the fact that the players have fun in the practices, the worst part of football. They're having fun, I think it's great.”
After visiting College Park, Doyle received an offer from the Terrapin coaches. He says he then went on a trip to the mountains with a friend for week, and it was there that he made his decision.
While many high school athletes wait until their senior year to make their decision on where to play their college ball, Doyle is one of a handful who have that choice out of the way when entering their final year of high school.
“I think that it's good to have it out of the way,” he said. “I don't have to go to any more combines or anything, I can enjoy my senior year more now.”
The minds of the Terps' coaches will certainly be at ease as well, knowing they have another quality lineman coming their way in two years.