Doyle Excited To Stay Close To Home At Northeastern


Bruce Hefflinger
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Doyle Excited To Stay Close To Home At Northeastern

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Jack Doyle

Class of 2021 / SS

Player Information

  • Graduating Class: 2021
  • Primary Position: SS
    Secondary Position: 2B
  • High School: Weymouth
    State: MA
  • Summer Team: GBG Hawks
  • Height: 6-0
    Weight: 165lbs
  • Bat/Throw: R/R

Statistics

Position
77
INF Velo
(02/23/19)
82
Exit Velo
(02/23/19)

Doyle Excited To Stay Close To Home At Northeastern

WEYMOUTH, Ma. - Living 20 minutes south of Boston, Jack Doyle knew that was an area he wanted to stay.

A commitment to Northeastern assures the Weymouth junior that dream will happen.

“I’ve always liked the city,” explained Doyle. “When I went to see the campus it was a great atmosphere. It’s right in the middle of the city but it has a small campus. That’s very important for me.”

UMass-Amherst and Richmond also gave offers to the 114th-rated 2021 in New England before a decision was made.

“Once Northeastern gave me an offer it was a no-brainer,” admitted Doyle. “I went to a lot of games there at Parsons Field growing up and have always heard great things about it. My high school coach was a catcher for Northeastern and he always talked them up to me.”

A solid performance at a Northeastern camp helped put the 6-0 165-pound infielder on the radar of the Colonial Athletic Association school.

“I went there and did well and coach (Mike) Glavine made it a point that he would come see me,” Doyle reflected. “After I played in a tournament there they made me an offer and three days later I committed.”

An improved game helped the cause for the 28th-ranked junior shortstop in New England.

“I’m a player you’ve got to see a couple of times to decide you want me,” Doyle said. “I’ve really worked hard at my game getting faster and stronger. They saw a big improvement in me and made the offer. They think I’m solid in the field and have the ability to be a power hitter at the next level.”

Improved speed is now the area of focus for Doyle, who carries a 4.29 GPA with plans to major in the field of science at Northeastern.

“I’m a reliable player,” Doyle related. “You can always count on me to make the routine plays and to step up in big moments.”

Making the decision to stay close to home at Northeastern brought a sense of relief to the 17-year-old.

“I had a lot of schools talking to me while going through the process and definitely didn’t know what to expect,” Doyle noted. “Richmond and Northeastern went kind of fast, but I had a bunch of people helping me out so it was a pretty easy decision.

“There was a lot of stress and pressure for a while, but now I can be relaxed, focus on getting better and helping my team win.”

Working out through the world of COVID-19 admittedly made improving his game more difficult according to Doyle.

“Unfortunately we’re all cooped up inside, but I’m still doing what I can to work on getting better. GBG put out some online drills you can do at home so that helped,” Doyle said in reference to his summer team.

The hope is, Doyle will soon be part of that summer team based out of the New England area where he will also continue baseball at the next level.

“At the age of 12 or 13 I realized I have a shot at playing in college,” Doyle said. “I’ve always wanted to go to school in Boston and when I started my freshman year at shortstop and had a pretty good season it started becoming realistic.

“Then the summer going into my sophomore year I joined the GBG Hawks and was talking to a lot of coaches. I knew then I had a good shot at this and it kind of just took off from there.”