Vols adore Doering

Tennessee signed three offensive linemen last week but the Vols aren't done by any means. They reportedly have offered a scholarship already to one of the top O-line prospects in the 2005 recruiting class.

Dan Doering from Barrington (Ill.) High School said he received offers in the past week from Michigan, Tennessee and Michigan State. He added that Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Northwestern have also offered, and that Boston College is showing strong interest.

Doering, a 6-7, 290-pounder with 5.2 speed, is considered one of the premier junior offensive tackle prospects in the country. Still, he says he may play some defense as a senior next fall. Given that he's from Big Ten territory, it isn't surprising that he seems most interested in a couple of Big Ten schools.

''I like a running offense,'' he told Don Hoekwater of GoBlueWolverine.com. ''Wisconsin and Michigan both have running offenses.''

The early leader for Doering's services appears to be the Badgers.

''I rooted for them as a kid because my dad is from Wisconsin and we have a cabin up there,'' he said. ''I've been up on the Wisconsin campus plenty of times but I really don't have a leader because I want to visit the different campuses and see what each has to offer. I'll take some unofficial visits this spring. For my official visits I'll probably visit three schools in the Big Ten and two outside.''

Doering says he isn't sure yet which schools he will visit officially but that Wisconsin and Illinois will most likely be on the list.

Doering camped last summer at Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Northwestern. This summer's plans are not yet finalized.

Tennessee's reputation for producing outstanding football/track athletics could weigh in the Vols' favor. Doering throws the shot and said he'd like to do the same in college ''if the opportunity presents itself.''

Four of Tennessee's top seven offensive linemen from the 2003 season are out of eligibility -- Sean Young, Anthony Herrera, Scott Wells and Chavis Smith. Two more, Michael Munoz and Jason Respert, will be seniors in 2004.

The four O-line prospects UT landed on Signing Day were Ramon Foster, Cameron Mayo and Anthony Parker. A fourth prospect, juco tackle Albert Toeaina, signed in December and is already enrolled in classes.

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