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Thursday, December 15, 2011
Catholic Memorial's Doyle commits to UMass

By Brendan Hall

Catholic Memorial senior quarterback A.J. Doyle has verbally committed to UMass tonight, he announced on his Twitter account earlier tonight.

"I am officially UMass bound," he wrote.

Doyle becomes the first commitment for new head coach Charley Molnar, who was officially named to the position last Thursday. Earlier this week, ESPNBoston.com reported that Doyle was the first recruit Molnar reached out to following his hire.

Doyle initially committed to NC State last summer, as a linebacker. At the time of the commitment, the Minutemen were one of two Division 1 FBS schools offering Doyle an athletic scholarship to be a quarterback, the other one Central Michigan. Doyle decommitted from the Wolfpack two months ago, and one of Molnar's first orders of business was assuring Doyle that the offer was still there for him to take.

"That was the thing he called me about, to make sure I knew it was still on the table," Doyle told ESPNBoston.com on Monday. "Basically, there was no other quarterback he'd rather want, being a Mass. guy and everything."

Doyle, who was named the Catholic Conference's Co-MVP this fall as well as an Honorable Mention on ESPN Boston's All-State Team, was planning to take a visit to Purdue on January 13.