Tommy Doles is headed to Northwestern for football but nearly picked Army. (Dale G. Young / Detroit News)
The Detroit News will profile one of its Blue Chip recruits every day leading up to the Feb. 5 National Signing Day. Today: No. 7 player Tommy Doles.
Grand Rapids – Tommy Doles has been to places in the last two years most people don’t visit in a lifetime.
On Wednesday Doles, a 6-5, 265-pound offensive lineman from Grand Rapids Christian, returned from an eight-day school-sponsored trip to Italy that included stops to Florence, Milan, Rome and Venice.
Last year Doles and some of his classmates had internships at U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids. While there he had an opportunity to meet with FBI agents and members of the Drug Enforcement Administration.
This past spring Doles, who considered playing football for Army, visited the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.
“I almost went there,” Doles said. “I still might enter the service later.”
Doles committed to Northwestern and is expected to play offensive tackle, though he said might be moved inside.
If Doles doesn’t make it in the NFL and doesn’t enter the armed services, he might aim for a career in law enforcement. His grandfather is an Army veteran and an uncle was in the Air Force before serving on the Michigan State Police force.
“My family has been pretty patriotic,” Doles.