By Justin Rodriguez
Section 9 Football Insider
Mike Boyle’s whirlwind tour of kicking camps this summer took him to 16 schools this summer.
However, one school stood out from them all to Boyle: Stony Brook University on Long Island.
Boyle liked that the school was in close proximity to his house and that his family could watch him play. He also connected with the coaching staff and appreciated that they showed a real interest in him, which continued during Stony Brook’s recruitment of Boyle.
That process ended this weekend when Boyle, a Monroe-Woodbury senior, verbally committed to Stony Brook. He will arrive on campus in August as a preferred walk-on.
Stony Brook finished 7-5 this season and lost to No. 20 Southeast Missouri in the first round of the NCAA Division I playoffs last month.
“Playing Division I has always been a dream of mine,” said Boyle, who converted 4-of-5 field goals this year with a long of 42 yards and had 21 touchbacks. “I’m really excited about my future at Stony Brook. I talked to a lot of schools, but I fell in love with Stony Brook when I walked on the campus. Playing there was always in the back of my head.”
Stony Brook graduates senior kicker Alex Luchansky (4-of-6 on field goals with a long of 37). Red-shirt freshman Jack Pruban (1-of-2, long 26) and junior Nick Courtney (1-of-4, long 29) return.
“I want to come in there, work hard and earn a starting spot,” said Boyle, who was also interested in attending Marist and Colgate.
Mike Boyle will become the second Boyle to kick on the Division I level. His older brother, Jamie, played at Central Florida. Jamie Boyle kicked for Monroe-Woodbury from 2006-08 and the Crusaders reached three straight Class AA state championship games during that span. Boyle holds the Section 9 record for most consecutive extra points (83, 2007-8) and most field goals in a season (13, 2007).
Mike Boyle was mentored by his brother, father and former Section 9 standout Dan Orner. Orner, a 1999 Warwick graduate, starred at the University of North Carolina and now works with top college and NFL kickers and punters.
“I’ve looked up to Jamie since I was a kid,” Mike Boyle said. “I remember watching him play in college and I loved the atmosphere. I wanted to have that opportunity one day. Jamie has always been there for me and has always worked with me, along with my dad and Dan Orner. That has helped me tremendously.”
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