University at Buffalo football has its first local product for its 2019 recruiting class, as big St. Joe's offensive lineman Tyler Doty announced his verbal commitment to the school Thursday night.
Verbally committed to University at Buffalo. pic.twitter.com/J7RBv388fH
— TYLER DOTY #77 (@TYLERDOTY2) July 26, 2018
"It's one of my top schools and it's right in my backyard pretty much," said Doty, who attended two UB skills camps this summer. "I couldn't ask for anything better than that, really."
Doty, who is listed at 6-foot-5 and 296 pounds, is not ranked on 24/7 Sports. He's a two-year veteran of St. Joe's varsity squad, where he's earned time on both the offensive and defensive lines.
He said he was also receiving heavy interest from UMass and UConn, but UB was the first to offer him. The Bulls pulled the trigger around a month ago, the day after the completion of the second skill camp he attended.
"Them being the first to offer definitely made me respect them more," Doty said. "I definitely feel that was a push in the right direction, but they were in my top three the entire time."
Doty, a Gasport native, is excited about the opportunity to stay local.
"That was probably one of the biggest things for me because I'll admit, I'm a momma's boy," Doty said. "Having my parents close by so they can watch games, and all my family's around here, I think it's really a good thing to have that fan base around yourself."
Doty is the ninth member of UB's 2019 class and the third offensive lineman, joining New Jersey's Bence Polgar and Maryland's Caelan Shepard.
St. Joe's is coming off a 6-5 season and a trip to the Monsignor Martin championship, but the Marauders will be without last year's starting quarterback, Casey Kelly, after he transferred to Mallard Creek in Charlotte, N.C.
"I kind of knew it was coming because we didn't throw the ball that much, and when we did he usually ran it," Doty said. "I can see where his situation is coming from where he wants to move to a better place. I would never abandon a team like that."
UB coaches are not allowed to comment on recruits until they sign a binding letter of intent. Doty said he won't sign during the early signing period, instead opting to wait for national signing day on Feb. 6.