"I don't feel I need to get my
name out anymore," Doering said. "Most colleges know who I am and how I play."
One minute worth of Doering's highlight tape is all you need to see to verify that the mammoth youngster knows exactly what he is talking about.
"I read on-line somewhere that I'll have over 30 offers by the end of May," Doering said. Try the end of April.
The Barrington, Ill., product already has offers spanning the entire country with West Coast schools like Northwestern (first offer; the summer before his junior year), Michigan State. With all those choices it is no wonder Dan can not make up his mind and denies having a leader.
"I hope to have a list of 10 schools during the summer and narrow it down from there. Right now I like Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, USC, UCLA and Nebraska."
Dan has already unofficially visited Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Northwestern, Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa and will be spending his spring break in California, where he'll visit USC and UCLA. Dan also plans to visit Nebraska sometime in the spring or summer
"I'm leaving for Palm Springs on Saturday (March 20) and I'll visit USC and UCLA when I'm out there," Doering said. "Me, my dad, my mom and my brother are going out there on vacation. It's not like I have family there or anything. I just wanted to visit them and use my vacation for recruiting."
Dan says he will not attend any camps this year and plans to use that time to visit schools unofficially instead.
Dan comes from the same high school as current Irish lineman Dan Stevenson and he says that he has gotten some good advice from the elder Dan. "He told me that the most important thing in picking a school is to get along with the (offensive line) coach and the weight coach because those are the two guys you'll be around the most," Doering said.
"Academics are number one," he added. "I want a good degree. Second is the football program and the number of linemen they have. I'll really look into the weight program and make sure I like the weight coach and the offensive line coach, like Dan Stevenson said."
Doering is also being recruited for track and throws the shot put 52 feet. "If the opportunity presents itself for track, I'll take it, but right now it's mainly D-II and D-III school (that are showing interest)," Doering said.
Doering already bench presses 300 pounds, squats 450 and carries a 24-inch vertical leap. He is also a solid student with a 3.2 grade point average. He plans to take the ACT April 3.
"I have good footwork and explosiveness," Doering said. "I get downfield well and I finish my blocks well. I just play until the whistle blows. I still want to improve my overall intensity. I want to get my hand coordination better as well as my pass blocking."