I'm sure you'll excuse Barrington (Ill.) five-star offensive tackle prospect Dan Doering (6-foot-6, 290 pounds) if he's still a little tired this evening. Doering returned back late Sunday evening from his weekend official visit to the University of Oklahoma and is still shaking off some rust on Monday night.
"My official visit to Oklahoma went really good," Doering said. "I definitely had some really great times in Norman over the weekend. Everything was first class, and I would rate my visit on a scale of 1-10 as an 8 1/2. I really don't think that any school will be a 10 for an official visit, so I'd rank my trip to Oklahoma really up there."
Doering gave us the details of his official visit to Oklahoma.
"We had a really busy day on Saturday. Before the game I was able to meet with several of the people on the academic side, and they gave us some really impressive presentations. We then joined the team for it's pre-game meal, then we headed back to the training center and I was able to ride in the team bus from the training center to the stadium. I was able to get a great feel for the game day experience at Oklahoma and it was very, very impressive. The stadium is sweet and so are the overall facilities. Oklahoma really does have some amazing facilities."
"I really didn't do much on the field pre-game stuff, basically because I just wanted to experience a game at Oklahoma from the stands. I was able to hang out and talk with some of the other prospects who were making their official visits, and we all sat together and we all got along really well all weekend long. The Sooners beat Nebraska and it wasn't really much of a game to watch, and Oklahoma played really well against the Huskers."
"All weekend long I didn't have just one player host, I was basically hanging out with most of the redshirt freshman like Rhett Bomar as well as a few of the offensive linemen. They were great hosts and I was really able to talk to them and ask them questions all weekend long."
"On Sunday I was able to talk with head coach Bob Stoops for a long time. I also had a long talk with him when I first arrived in Norman as well. I also was able to sit and have a film session with coach Kevin Wilson, and we talked about football and life for a long time. I also got along well with all of the coaches and I like them quite a bit. We also were able to get an extensive campus tour on Sunday before we left."
So now that Doering has made two official visits, is his decision making progress getting any easier?
"Actually no, it's getting harder now. I think I'm more confused now than ever before. It will definitely be a hard choice to make, because both schools have so much to offer as well as so much to like about each program."
Doering will take the next few weekends off from the recruiting road.
"I'm going to go hunting with my family this coming weekend. I'm just going to enjoy spending some quiet time out in the woods with my Dad and my family. This is a family event every year with all of the guys and I'm really looking forward to that trip."
Doering, who has now made official visits to Tennessee and Oklahoma, is schedule to visit Notre Dame on December 3rd, Iowa on December 10th and Nebraska on December 17th. Doering will also play in the All American Bowl in January.