IOWA CITY - The Iowa football coaching staff is spending a lot of time within its own borders during this recruiting season, and the hard work is paying off with commitments from the best players the state has to offer.
Already having locked up three of the top five in the state for 2015, the Hawkeyes and coach Kirk Ferentz got another one Wednesday when Dowling Catholic quarterback Ryan Boyle gave his verbal commitment to the program after he and his family made an appearance at an Iowa spring practice.
"I think he is a student of the game and his work ethic and competitiveness are as good as I've been around," Dowling coach Tom Wilson told HawkeyeReport.com.
"I think how we use him to work to his strengths allow him to move around. In our offense, we use the shotgun quite a bit and that works to his benefit."
Boyle is the sixth verbal commitment for the 2015 class and five of those players are from the state of Iowa. The other one is three-star quarterback Jack Beneventi of Illinois. Iowa City Regina quarterback Drew Cook, the son of former Iowa All-American tight end Marv Cook, also is committed to the Hawkeyes.
"With (Beneventi) being there, it doesn't affect me at all," Boyle told HawkeyeReport.com. "I am not afraid of competition, and I don't like to lose. I am a competitor and having another player there doesn't really affect me."
Boyle didn't lose at all at Dowling this past season as he helped the Maroons run the table to the Class 4A state championship. A first-team all-state quarterback selection by the Iowa Newspaper Association, Boyle threw for 1,833 yards and 21 touchdowns and rushed for 1,332 more yards on the ground with 24 scores. He only threw three interceptions and completed nearly 64 percent of his passes.
Boyle is ranked as the fifth best prospect in the state. Woodbury Central twins Landen and Levi Paulsen are offensive linemen ranked No. 2 and 3, respectively. West Lyon offensive lineman Jake Newborg is fourth.
All four have verbally committed to Iowa.
The state's top ranked player is Cedar Rapids Prairie offensive lineman Bryce Meeker.
Boyle is a three-star dual-threat quarterback that is ranked No. 45 nationally, according to scout.com.
The 6-foot-2, 190-pound junior chose the Hawkeyes over early scholarship offers from Illinois State, Montana State and Western Michigan.