Doering's Enjoy Junior Day Experience

Offensive lineman <b>Dan Doering</b> from Barrington, Ill. and his family paid a visit to Ann Arbor this past weekend for Junior Day. It was the first visit for the Doering's and they took full advantage of the opportunity as well as enjoying the Michigan Basketball team's impressive win over Ohio State. Has Michigan moved up after the visit?

"It was awesome, very nice, I had a great time," Dan Doering said. "I liked it a lot. We got there about 10:30 and Coach Moeller gave me a tour of the facilities, I got to see the weight room, the training room, the offices and film room, the indoor practice facility, and the new locker room."

After the tour Doering and his parents met Michigan Head Coach Lloyd Carr for the first time. "He's a very down home person," Rick Doering, Dan's father, said. "He's obviously a great coach and knows his players well." Mr. and Mrs. Doering were along on the visit.

Dan also talked to Coach Carr. "We talked about my scholarship and how much he felt I could come and play at Michigan. We went over where I would fit in and I know no matter where I'll go it will probably be a couple of years before I play and that's fine. If I need to take two years to get stronger and better that that's what I'll do."

The Doering's were treated to one of the finest Michigan basketball performances the year on Sunday as the Wolverines took care of Ohio State 75-64. "The game was great," Dan said. "They (Michigan) have some great basketball players and the fans were very upbeat."

Is a decision coming any time soon for the 6-7, 290 standout? "No, I'm still keeping things open and really don't have a favorite," Doering said. "I'm going up to a practice at Wisconsin this weekend and I'm going to visit as many school practices as I can. I'll definitely be going back up to Michigan for one of their practices." Doering's father said they will probably wait until after the season at the earliest to make a decision. "That's one of the things Coach Carr talked to us about," he said. "He told us to get as much information as possible, so we'll visit a lot of schools and probably hold off on a decision until Dec. or Jan."

Doering has made unofficial visits to Iowa for their Junior Day, as well as Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Illinois and Northwestern. He said he's recently received offers from Michigan State and Tennessee to go along with offers from the schools mentioned above, as well as Michigan.

Doering is participating in the shot-put during the indoor track season and has won his first two meets this year. He says he puts the shot over 50 feet. He will also perform in the spring and this may keep him busy. "Right now it doesn't look like I'll be going to any of the spring camps (the 'combines')," he said. GBW asked earlier if the Doering's would be visiting the MSL/TheInsiders camp in Chicago the weekend of March 20-21. Doering's father told us the family would be on vacation and unable to attend.

Doering is still undecided about the academic path he will take once he gets to college, but states an interest in business, psychology, and communications and says he is investigating those programs thoroughly at each school.

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