Six Standing Out for 4-Star DT O'Brien

2012 four-star, defensive tackle Danny O'Brien has double digit offers. The Luke M Powers Catholic High School senior is confident with his athletic ability and says he plans to make a name for himself no matter where he ends up. While O'Brien is a little far off from making any decisions he says he likes what he sees from Alabama, Florida, Michigan State, Michigan, Iowa, and Tennessee.

Danny O'Brien made it clear he did not eliminate any offers just yet. He says recruitment is a slow process and he wants to make certain the school he chooses is the right fit for him.

"I will be double checking the schools who have offered me, breaking them down, and watching film to see where I would fit in to certain schemes. I still plan to take visits in July to some of the schools in the south including Tennessee, Alabama, and Florida," O'Brien said.

While the 6-3, 302 pound DT has no official top five, Alabama, Florida, Michigan State, Michigan, Iowa, and Tennessee are looking good to O'Brien. He adds, he would like to play in the SEC or Big Ten. Beginning with Alabama, O'Brien says the tradition speaks for itself.

"Coach Saban and the rest of the coaching staff at Alabama are great and you can't deny the tradition, it's amazing," O'Brien said.

Another SEC program O'Brien is focusing on is the Florida Gators.

"They jumped on my recruiting board later than the rest because they just offered a few weeks ago. But, they are a great program and Coach Muschamp is a defensive guy and that is a big plus," O'Brien said.

While the relationships are not as developed among O'Brien and the Gator coaching staff, O'Brien has had plenty of time to get to know the coaches at Michigan State.

"They have been recruiting me for a long time. I have great relationships with all of the coaches and that makes me feel good about the program. They turned things around in the last few years and I have a couple buddies who play there which would be fun," O'Brien said.

O'Brien recently participated in Michigan's annual summer camp and he definitely impressed the Wolverine staff.

"I had a great visit at Michigan, and the recruiting class they are pulling together right now speaks for itself," O'Brien said.

Several weeks ago O'Brien visited Iowa and he says overall it was a great experience.

"I went to Iowa a few weekends ago. I had a lot of meetings, watched a lot of film, and I got a chance to sit down and talk with the coaching staff. They are a great, well coached team and they put a lot of players in the NFL," O'Brien said.

Tennessee is O'Brien's first offer and he still hears from them consistently, something he really appreciates.

"Tennessee has always been there, they were my first offer. I have really great relationships with the coaches and I talk to them weekly. They really turned things around and had a lot of pretty big moments last season.

Overall, O'Brien plans to make an impact on his new team. He says his intensity on the field and quickness off the ball is something he hopes will be valuable at the next level. O'Brien also prides himself on solid pass rushing and adds he is strong enough to stop a run.

During his senior season, O'Brien plans to focus on his high school squad and hopefully win a state title. However, O'Brien says he will prepare for the collegiate level and adds he is working on "getting quicker, staying strong, and staying in shape."

One of O'Brien's goals early on in his college career is to earn some playing time. O'Brien says each school he is considering says there will be opportunities for him to play, he just needs to work hard and make an impact.

While playing time is something valuable to O'Brien he says it isn't everything.

"Comfort is the most important thing for me when making my decision. Distance isn't a factor, wherever I am comfortable is where I am comfortable. I have to live there for 4 to 5 years and I need to make sure I find good relationships with my coaches and teammates and that I feel comfortable where I am living and around the football facilities," O'Brien said.

When asked what he is most excited for, O'Brien said he is looking forward to game days the most. "You go to visits and see the teams run on the field and get pumped up, the atmosphere is great, and I am just really excited to be apart of something like that," O'Brien said.

O'Brien plans to major in Sports Management or Agriculture.

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