Soon after Charlie Molnar was named the head football coach of the University of Massachusetts Minutemen Dec. 8, his first phone call was to Catholic Memorial quarterback A.J. Doyle – who recently de-committed from North Carolina State.
Molnar told Doyle UMass’s offer from last summer was still on the table, and the 6-foot-2-inch right-handed quarterback accepted the offer Thursday.
“I couldn’t be happier for him,” CM coach Alex Campea said. “[Doyle] feels real good, and he looks forward to the opportunity and challenges that lie ahead.”
UMass’s offer last summer was for Doyle to play quarterback, but he wanted to keep his options open and committed to NC State. Coach Tom O’Brien had plans for Doyle to play linebacker, but Doyle set his sights on continuing his career as a quarterback and de-committed.
Molnar, who was the offensive coordinator and quarterback coach at Notre Dame last season, remembered when Doyle visited the summer camp in South Bend and he liked what he saw, according to Campea.
As soon as Molnar arrived in Amherst, he was committed to getting Doyle on board with Minutemen. Molnar visited CM yesterday and talked to Doyle, and then met with his parents later that night.
“He certainly has the ability to play at next level, and he felt as [the CM] season started he wanted to play quarterback [in college],” Campea said. “He has the opportunity to play quarterback and that’s vital. It’s a great fit because they want him. There’s a new coach and a new system, and A.J. fits their profile.”
Williams and Reeves still committed
According to Campea, linebacker Camren Williams and running back Armani Reeves still intend on playing at Penn State.
Their decision to go elsewhere hinges on what unfolds with the coaching situation after the Sandusky Scandal is settled, Campea said.
“Until there is a decision made with the coaching situation there, they are basically going to continue their path to go,” he said. “[Reeves and Williams] are waiting to see what transpires, and if that’s a place they still want to go.”
Last season, Reeves had 1,103 yards and 16 touchdowns on 52 carries and 328 yards on 21 catches, while Williams racked up 119 tackles in nine games at middle linebacker.
Several reporters and editors contribute updates, news and analysis to the High School Sports Blog.
- Bob Holmes: A Reading resident (Go Rockets!) and Boston College graduate, Holmes is the Boston Globe High School Sports Editor. We remind you now that his weekly picks are often made in jest so everyone just calm down when he picks against Everett for 11 straight weeks. Contact him at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeHolmes.
- Craig Larson: A native of West Springfield (Leo Durocher anyone? Tim Daggett?) and Curry College graduate (a proud Colonel!), Larson is the sports editor for the Globe's regional sections: South, West and North, as well as a frequent contributor on the college beat. Abington to Xaverian: it all starts with the schools. Have a compelling story idea? Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeLars.
- Zuri Berry: Berry attended the same high school as sports legends O.J. Simpson and Joe DiMaggio. (Guess which one is his hero.) He's a South Boston resident (formerly of Eastie) and the editor of the High School Sports blog as well as the go-to-guy for everything high school sports on Boston.com. Contact him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @GlobeSchools for all of the latest updates.
Then there are our winter correspondents:
- Emily McCarthy | @EmilyMcCahthy | BPS correspondent
- Jake Fischer | @GlobeFischer | Boys basketball
- Michelle Fenelon | @michfenelon | Girls basketball
- Andrew MacDougall | @Andy_MacDougall | Boys hockey
- Liz Torres | @etorres446 | Girls hockey
To reach the high school sports department, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.