The newest member of Iowa’s 2018 football recruiting class is no stranger to the program.
Iowa City West linebacker Dillon Doyle, the son of Hawkeye strength and conditioning coach Chris Doyle, announced Monday night his plans to continue his career with Iowa.
Offered by the Hawkeyes two weeks ago, Doyle selected the Hawkeyes over offers from Central Florida, Northern Illinois and South Dakota. He also visited Harvard, where his brother Donovan competes in wrestling.
The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Doyle announced his decision on Twitter, thanking coaches and mentors who have helped him develop as a player in addition to expressing gratitude to other programs who had recruited him.
“It has always been a dream of mine to put on the black and gold and play for coach (Kirk) Ferentz,’’ Doyle wrote. “With that being said, I couldn’t be more excited and proud to announce that I’m committing to the University of Iowa to pursue my academic and athletic goals.’’
Ranked by 247Sports as the third-best prospect in Iowa in the 2018 recruiting class, Doyle played linebacker and tight end for an Iowa City West team which reached the Iowa Class 4A state championship game.
On defense, he recorded 54 tackles, 8.5 tackles for a loss and one sack in addition to intercepting on pass.
He also caught 12 passes for 152 yards and three touchdowns.
Doyle is the third player to commit to be part of Iowa’s 2018 recruiting class, joining linebacker Mike Bruner of Mequon, Wisconsin and offensive lineman Jeff Jenkins of Crystal Lake, Illinois.