Doering Discusses OSU Visit

Five-star OL Dan Doering of Barrington, IL just returned from a visit to Ohio State. What did he think of his trip? Duane Long caught up with him to find out the latest.

OL Dan Doering of Barrington, IL is ranked with OSU commitment Alex Boone at the top of the OL list in the Midwest. Doering (6-6, 290) has been busy taking visits lately, and one was to Ohio State.

"I just got back from Ohio State and Tennessee," he said. "I also went to Nebraska about two weeks ago."

What did Doering like about OSU?

"I really liked the coaching staff," he said. Jim Tressel is an outstanding person. He wants to make young boys into men. He's a real genuine guy. Jim Tressel's the kind of man I want to play for."

Like many visitors to OSU, Doering was impressed with Ohio Stadium.

"The stadium's impressive," he said. "One of the best I've ever seen. Me and my dad, we stood there for about 20 minutes just looking.

"We were talking to Kenny Peterson, and he was talking about how it felt the first time he ever came out on that field when it was full."

With all these visits, will Doering be making up his mind any time soon?

"I'm waiting it out," he said. "I will take all my official visits. I want to narrow things down and make a decision."

Doering won't be going to school too far away from home as he says all the schools he is looking at are within seven or eight hours, and Notre Dame is an hour and a half from his home. He's also been to games in the area as well.

"Last winter, I went to an Illinois game for the first time," he said. "I've been to Wisconsin for games. My dad is from Wisconsin."

One thing that is impressive about Doering is his speed.

"I just ran a 4.84 40," he said. "I wasn't happy with my shuttle, but my best shuttle, I ran a 4.56 last year."

Doering has already decided on three of his visits as he already told Nebraska, Iowa, and Notre Dame he will take officials.

"I'm not sure about my last two yet," he said.

What will be some of the factors in his decision?

"I'm not really looking at early playing time," he said. "I'm just going to be ready to play when the team needs me."

Doering also said that the offensive linemen that are already there will not affect his choice.

"I'm really not looking at other players at all," he said. "It's going to be based on the school. I have absolutely no fear of competition. In fact, I look for it."

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