With the May evaluation period now in full swing, it is no wonder that coaches from big time college programs from across the country have converged on Barrington, Ill. to visit blue-chip offensive lineman Dan Doering. In fact, one of the first coaches to stop by was Trojans receivers coach Lane Kiffin.
"It went real well," said Doering regarding Kiffin's visit. "He stopped by after school, watched me on the shot put…we had track practice going on, and just went up and said "Hi" and that was about it because we couldn't talk on the visit."
"Pete Carroll called May 1 to talk to me, but I had practice that day so I couldn't take it. I returned his call but he wasn't able to pick it up."
Doering did have an opportunity to talk to the Trojan head coach in person, however, when he stopped by the USC campus while in the Southern California area on vacation in March, "I was there for a spring practice during spring break and I talked to him then," he said. "They just talked about the great academics that they have at USC and how they're ranked nationally as far as the degrees that you can get there, and they also talked about the football program and how its become such an elite program, and how they just feel that they're doing everything right, working hard, and working to become national champions."
In addition to his conversation with the coaches, Doering was particularly impressed with the practice session that he took in. "I have to say, for the practice that I was at, they were just flying around," he said. "It was really a great tempo and they were practicing pretty hard. I got to say hi to some of the players before practice. I got to talk to Jeff Byers for a while, and Thomas Herring. We talked a little about USC, and recruiting, and all of that stuff. As far as the campus, I wasn't there that long so I couldn't really see a whole lot of it, but it looked like a nice campus, and there were a lot of people walking around. Everyone had places to go and things to do."
Of particular interest to Trojan fans is the fact that Doering has actually known offensive line coach Tim Davis since his days as a Badger assistant, "I knew him when he coached at Wisconsin," said Doering. "I went to football camps there when I was little, and to the football games, and I remembered him coaching there and everything. He looked like he was really working with the linemen and getting them motivated and getting them ready to practice."
At the moment, Doering is wide open in regards to his recruitment and hasn't even begun to narrow his list down to a top five or even a top 10, "Nebraska, Notre Dame, Iowa. Wisconsin, Northwestern, Michigan, USC, UCLA, Tennessee…basically everyday I average about 20 letters that get to my house. I have 21 offers. As of right now I don't have a top 10 that I'm focused in on yet. I'm looking for a school that has both a good academic program and a good football program, in both aspects to make me into the best person, student, and athlete."
Doering plans to make his decision sometime close to signing day after he has taken all five of his official visits. So far, he has scheduled officials to Notre Dame and Iowa, and will wait to decide on the other three until sometime in the fall.
This story originally published on WeAreSC.com