Dan Doering had a busy spring and summer. "I've been a lot of places," Doering said of his unofficial visits. "I started out at Notre Dame. I then went to Iowa. We went to Nebraska, down to Tennessee and then to Ohio State."
Doering said he enjoyed all of his unofficial visits. "I liked all the places we went," Doering said. "Each school had something different that I liked about them. Each school was a little different from the next."
The Barrington, Ill. native is currently sifting through over 30 offers. "I'm trying to narrow my list down," Doering said. "I have a list of about eight or 10 schools I'm looking at.
"I know I'll visit Iowa, Notre Dame and Nebraska for official visits. I haven't scheduled any of them yet. Ohio State, Michigan, Tennessee, Oklahoma, USC, UCLA and Boston College are some of the other schools I'm looking at."
Doering hopes to have that list down to five very soon. "I'm planning on having my list down to five within the first couple of weeks of the season," he said.
The Irish have made a positive impression on Doering so far. "I just like the overall feel for the campus," Doering said of Notre Dame. "I feel really comfortable there with the student life and everything. The academics are incredible there.
"I also really like coach Willingham and his staff. They are a bunch of great guys. I really feel comfortable with them."
Doering also has developed a pretty good friendship with fellow Barrington native and Irish offensive lineman, Dan Stevenson. "I am striking up a pretty good friendship with him," Doering said of Stevenson. "We talk quite a bit. He's helping me with things. We try to talk about once a week but I've been real busy lately."
We asked Dan if there were any chance he might make an early decision. "Probably not," he said. "With Notre Dame, Iowa and Nebraska being so close, I think I'll probably take most if not all of my official visits.
"I figure I've got until February, why not wait? I want to see all the schools before I decide and I have time to make my decision."
Doering also says he's figured out how to handle all the media attention. "I'm not tired of recruiting," he said. "I kind of figured out how to handle it. I can shut it out if I need to.
"I just don't answer the phone," Doering laughed. "It did get overwhelming in the spring but I know how to handle it now."
Comments: We don't expect Doering to make a decision for quite some time--and also the reason we don't talk to him often. Dan told us long ago that he'd be waiting so we haven't talked to him a lot this year. The Irish appear to be in the top three with Iowa and Nebraska. We do think the race is very close at this point and the Irish coaches will have a battle on their hands before Doering decides.