Prep Football

Dillon Doyle picks the Hawkeyes

Iowa City West standout reaches for his dream

Iowa City West's Dillon Doyle celebrates his stop of West Des Moines Dowling's Cole Billings during the first half of th
Iowa City West's Dillon Doyle celebrates his stop of West Des Moines Dowling's Cole Billings during the first half of their Class 4A championship football game at the UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls, Iowa, on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette)

There are no Ferentzes with college football eligibility, at least right now. The next family that the Iowa program has the highest degree of familiarity with is probably named Doyle.

That’s head strength and conditioning coach Chris Doyle, who does have three sons and, yes, one of them committed to play football at Iowa on Monday evening.

Dillon Doyle, a 6-3, 215-pound linebacker, announced his commitment to the Hawkeyes via Twitter.

“Everyone knows that goals cannot be reached alone,” Doyle wrote. “A HUGE thank you to everyone who has taken part in making me the player and, more importantly, the person I am today. Thank you to all of the programs that gave me opportunities to play at their schools.

“It has always been a dream of mine to put on the black and gold and play for Coach (Kirk) Ferentz. 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.”

As a junior for Iowa City West last fall, Doyle had 54 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss and a sack. He also had an interception. As a tight end on offense, Doyle caught 12 passes for 152 yards and three TDs. West finished as the state runner-up in Class 4A, losing to West Des Moines Dowling in the championship game.


Doyle picked the Hawkeyes over offers from Central Florida, Northern Illinois and South Dakota. He also visited Harvard, where his brother, Donovan, wrestles.

Doyle is the third commitment for Iowa’s 2018 class, joining Wisconsin linebacker Mike Bruner and Illinois O-linemen Jeff Jenkins.

Doyle has yet to be given a star rating by any internet recruiting service. 247Sports does rate him as the No. 3 prospect in Iowa for the 2018 class.

Iowa offered Doyle two weeks ago.

“Being an Iowa City kid, it’s something I’ve always dreamed about, so sharing that moment with my parents was special,” Doyle told

On the field, Doyle likely projects as an outside linebacker with power off the edge and enough speed to hang in coverage.

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