It's not often that juniors are profiled this early, but Dan Doering is not your normal prospect. At 6-6, 280-pounds, Doering already has three official offers from Iowa, Wisconsin, and Northwestern with many other schools telling Doering they will offer soon.
Doering is leading Barrington High into the playoffs this year. "We're 9-1 right now," said Doering. "We are still in the playoffs. My coach doesn't give us stats for pancakes or anything like that."
Doering does like the Irish and has visited South Bend a number of times. "I went for the USC game this year, and I went to Tennessee game last year. Coach Willingham told me that he would offer me but he needs six semesters of grades before he can do that. I have a 3.2 g.p.a. and I just took the P.S.A.T. I don't have my results yet."
Willingham has made an impression on Doering. "He's an awesome person. My parents and I really like him. I like him as a coach, I like the team. He's a great person."
Doering says he's met Stevenson and talked to him a number of times. "I met him in the 8th grade when he came and talked to us. I talked to him over the summer at camp. He came to our homecoming game and I talked to him again. He's a good guy, and a hard worker." ,/P>
The process has started earlier for Doering, an he wanted it this way. "I'm not sure what camps I will attend next year. I'm going to visit more colleges and see what schools have to offer. We're kind of getting a head start on everything. I want to get used to talking to the coaches, and see what everything is like. I will go through the process. I will probably take all five on my official visits before I decide."
"It's all very flattering," said Doering about the early attention. "It's pretty cool to still be in high school and having this happen. Still, I have to keep a level head so I'll be ready to play the rest of my high school career."
The rumors are that Doering is a big Irish fan. "I agree, I do like the Irish. They've always been close to my heart. Every time I turn on ESPN, I want to see how the Irish are doing. They've been my team since I was little."
Comments. Doering is another Notre Dame kid. He'd fit in perfect, and he is an offensive tackle prospect. I've heard he is said to be the best offensive lineman to come out of Illinois in the last 10 years. The Irish appear to be in good shape for Doering, but there is a long way to go before February 2005.