RECRUITING: Five-star OL says OU has a shot

Chicago, Ill. offensive tackle Dan Doering talks about his visit to Norman.

Dan Doering, OL, 6-6, 290, 5.0, CHICAGO (BARRINGTON HS), ILLINOIS:

JH: How was your visit to OU?

DD: "It went great. I had a great time. I had a chance to talk to the entire coaching staff, and the players and I had a chance to experience what gameday at Oklahoma was all about."

JH: What did you learn about OU that you didn't know before?

DD: "I learned a lot about their strength program because I didn't know a lot about what they do. I really like what they do. I learned a lot more about their academic program and they do a great job in that area. I learned a whole lot more about Coach Stoops, both personal and as a coach."

JH: What are your impressions of Coach Stoops?

DD: "He is a great guy. He is very organized and focused on what he needs to do. He is very personable and just a real nice guy."

JH: What did you think about the game?

DD: "It was a good game. I don't think Nebraska really had a chance, but it was fun. I knew that OU was going to win, so I paid attention to the atmosphere. The fans had a great time and the game itself was fun. I had a chance to watch OU go through some of their pre-game preparations and that was very interesting. They break down into positions and really have everything down to a science."

JH: Now that you have visited OU, how do they fit into your recruiting picture?

DD: "They are up there. Oklahoma still has a chance. I really liked my official visit to Oklahoma. And without question, Oklahoma is still going to be in the running. I still have three official visits to take, so I am still in my recruiting process. My visit to Oklahoma certainly left me feeling good about Oklahoma. Oklahoma is still one of the teams that I am considering right now."

JH: Who do you have left to visit at this point?

DD: "I have to go to Notre Dame, Nebraska and Iowa. It is going to be hard to choose a school. They all have a chance for me to play and I think all of them have a chance for future success."

JH: Do you have a leader at this point?

DD: "No, I don't have a leader."

JH: Is distance a factor in your decision?

DD: "No, I just want to go to a school where I can have fun and have a chance to be successful. I want to get a good education and just go to place where I can fit in."

JH: Do you have a good chance to play early at all the schools you are considering?

DD: "I don't know if I could start as a freshman at any of them, but I think that definitely by my sophomore year I could."

JH: What is the offensive line situation for you at OU?

DD: "Coach Kevin Wilson said that OU desperately needed offensive tackles. After next year they are only going to have nine offensive linemen. If I went there I would be on the second string right away with a chance to move up the depth chart and challenge for a starting position."

JH: How did your season go?

DD: "We had a good year and went 6-4. We won our conference, but got beat in the first round of the playoffs. I had a good season. I was bigger and faster this year and a much better leader this year."

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