However, when new Eagles coach Steve Addazio said he was bringing his read-option offense to Chestnut Hill, Boyle knew it would behoove him to explore other options.
Those options led the 6-foot-4, 220-pound Boyle to Connecticut, where he visited during the week and committed to Sunday.
"Honestly, it was the overall feeling," Boyle said. "I'm in state, the new offensive coordinator (T.J. Weist) is a great guy, and I think the offense is going to fit me much better than it did at BC. But the overall feeling at UConn just gave me a warm family feeling. I'm very happy with my choice."
Boyle is a pocket passer, and Boston College's offense is geared toward a quarterback who can also run well. UConn's pro-style offense will allow Boyle to showcase his arm strength and ability to stand in the pocket and throw the ball.
"It came down to where I'd be happy academically and football-wise," Boyle said. "UConn does have both of those. I have nothing but respect for BC. They've done a great job of recruiting me, and the new coaching staff did a great job. I told them I have a lot of respect for their program, but when it came down to my future and what was best for me, I think UConn was a better fit."
In fact, Boyle said Addazio told him it was ok to look around for a system that would be a better fit.
Boyle completed 129 of 212 passes (60.8 percent) for 2,096 yards, 21 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also rushed 46 times for 234 yards and four touchdowns.
"It was a shock to me because I knew BC had a lot of pro-style quarterbacks in the system," Boyle said. "When I found out they were going to change offenses, my immediate reaction was to learn a new offense and change my game a little bit."
"UConn is right in my back yard," he said. "It's only 45 minutes away, so I spent a lot of time there. Coach (Shane) Day, the quarterbacks coach up there, did a great job of recruiting me. The offense definitely fits me better at UConn."