With his official visits in the books, Lutheran North (Mo.) linebacker Antonio Doyle announced his top three schools Tuesday night.
The four-star linebacker will pick between Texas A&M, Illinois and Missouri. Each of those three schools received an official visit at some point either this summer or in the last month. The Aggies are currently the Crystal Ball leader with four picks going the way of the Maroon and White.
Doyle took an official visit to Texas A&M earlier this month and told 247Sports’ Steve Wiltfong he has long had a desire to play for Aggies head coach Jimbo Fisher.
“I’ve always wanted to play for Coach (Jimbo) Fisher, even when he was at Florida State growing up,” Doyle told Wiltfong. “The guys they’re bringing in, you can see the mentality they have on social media and being around them, they’re focused and it’s something you want to be part of and it’s what makes an elite team.”
Following his visit to A&M earlier this month, Doyle raved about the environment, fanbase and quality of players the Aggies were attracting at the time.
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“I liked the crowd, the fanbase was cool and the guys they’re bringing in, and the network as far as the Aggie Ring,” Doyle told Wiltfong. “People that graduate from there take care of each other as family.”
The most recent visit for the four-star linebacker was to Illinois, who appeared to make up some ground on the visit after upsetting then No. 6 Wisconsin.
“It was cool watching them upset the No. 6 team in the country and No. 2 defense,” Doyle told Wiltfong. “Wonderful coaching staff and they’re going to do some great things in that facility.”
The four-star linebacker added Illinois head coach Lovie Smith’s background as a defensive head coach and his NFL experience were also a couple things playing into the Illini’s favor.
The final school to make the top three for Doyle was the Tigers, who Doyle briefly committed to over the summer following an official visit to Missouri. Despite decommitting, Doyle has always maintained that the Tigers would still be considered.
“Mizzou is always going to be involved,” Doyle told Wiltfong. “They’re doing a wonderful job as far as their players, they have them developing on the field and into young men. Coach (Barry) Odom is a great guy.”
The Sooners also got an official in September but did not make the top three.
The industry-generated 247Sports Composite ranks the 6-foot-4, 230-pound linebacker as the nation’s No. 10 outside linebacker and No. 138 prospect overall. Doyle will cap off his high school career Jan. 4 at the All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas.
The Aggies currently have the fourth-ranked 2020 recruiting class in the SEC, according to the 247Sports Composite team Rankings, and No. 7 overall class in the nation.
The early signing period begins Dec. 18, 2019 and runs through Dec. 20, 2019.