By Ryan Mayer
In today’s college football world, the recruiting process has become one that is closely followed. The top recruits in the nation make their commitments on live TV and fans of each team rabidly follow which level of star recruits the coach has brought into the program. However, there’s one group of players equally important to the team that often get forgotten about: walk-ons. These players are often on scout teams and do all of the things behind the scenes that don’t get any glory. They aren’t on scholarship, yet they love the sport so much that they want to be a part of the team anyway.
However, every year, there are certain walk-on football players who earn their way into scholarships. Coaches over the past couple of years have found various creative ways of letting these players know that they are being offered a scholarship. The latest one comes from the Duke football team and head coach Dave Cutcliffe.
Defensive end Danny Doyle is a junior with the Blue Devils team and in Cutcliffe’s opinion had earned himself a scholarship. So, he hatched a plan to have Doyle’s parents call during a team meeting and let Doyle know that he would be offered a scholarship.
A pretty good moment for the young man made even better by the fact that he got to share it with his parents. Class move by coach Cutcliffe who has been known for these kind of thoughtful acts during his tenure as coach. Last season, he sent a letter to ACC rival Pitt running back James Conner after learning Conner had been diagnosed with cancer.
Congratulations to Doyle on his accomplishment and kudos to Coach Cutcliffe for creating a special moment for the young man.
Ryan Mayer is an Associate Producer for CBS Local Sports. Ryan lives in NY but comes from Philly and life as a Philly sports fan has made him cynical. Anywhere sports are being discussed, that’s where you’ll find him.