O'Brien Gaining Nation-Wide Interest

With two offers on the table, and many more to surely follow, four-star defensive lineman Dan O'Brien is beginning to explore his college options. With interest coming in from all across the country, where is Northwestern on O'Brien's list, and does he have a favorite yet?

I'm keeping my mind open," said Dan O'Brien.

O'Brien, a standout offensive and defensive lineman from Flint, MI (Luke M Powers Catholic H.S.), has an offer from Tennessee and Michigan.

Both Michigan and Tennessee have shown O'Brien the most interest. O'Brien said he is very interested in Tennessee, and he wants to be open-minded about Michigan now that Brady Hoke's staff has taken over the Michigan football program.

However, O'Brien said he has received interest from all over the country.

"Michigan and Tennessee are very interested. Alabama, USC, Big Ten schools, Wisconsin, Northwestern, Michigan State is coming in tomorrow, Cincinnati has come in two or three times, and I'm sure more coaches will come in after signing day."

O'Brien said he is starting to hear more from Northwestern. The Wildcats have become heavily-interested in the standout lineman, who has a connection to the Wildcats.

"I know it's a great academic school, very well-rounded," O'Brien said. "They had a very good year this year. One of my buddies plays on the team, Tony Jones, who's another Flint guy."

The 6'3, 275-lb. junior is in the midst of his basketball season, and has not been able to focus on recruiting. However, O'Brien is beginning to look into doing some official visits.

"I don't have any dates or anything set in stone, but I'm for sure going to get out to Wisconsin in the spring, probably Tennessee for a junior day, probably to Iowa and Michigan before all the camps start in the summer."

With a little over a year to make his decision, Dan O'Brien has a timetable set to make his commitment.

"I think I'm going to take a few visits, and then I'll probably commit after the season, or late in the season."

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