Barrington (Ill.) five-star offensive tackle prospect Dan Doering (6-foot-6, 290 pounds) drove back to Chicagoland late Sunday night after making his first official visit to Tennessee over the weekend. Doering talks about his weekend in Knoxville and more in this recruiting update.
"Overall, I told Coach Fulmer before I left that I had a great visit and got to learn more about the University of Tennessee," Doering said. "Even though the Vols lost, I came off of the weekend with a positive feeling about Tennessee and I am very happy that I was able to take an official visit there."
Doering gave us the details of his official visit to Tennessee.
"My family and I drove down to Tennessee and got there midday Friday. On Friday I was able to meet up with the team and go to their Friday pre-game practice. Afterwards I went to dinner with the team and also saw a movie with the players including Michael Munoz."
"On Saturday we ate breakfast with some of the other recruits and their families who were there on their official visits and then the recruits headed to the hotel were the team was to sit in on some pre-meetings. After the meetings Offensive Line Coach (Jimmy Ray) Stevens and I sat down in the film room and watched some film and talked for a little about football and stuff. Coach Stevens is a really nice guy and has an excellent record as an offensive linemen coach. I like his personality and how he treats and coaches his players."
"Later, we headed down to the stadium and I was able to experience the Vol Walk. It is a 3 block walk from the football facilities to the stadium and about 10,000+ fans line up on either side of the sidewalk which has all these T's on it for Tennessee. The fans to cheer on the team as they make their way to the stadium. It was pretty exciting. They had the band their and the cheerleaders and everything. Everyone was going nuts and it was really cool."
"When we got into the stadium we went onto the field and watched the team warm up. We sat in the end zone in the first row. It was an exciting game. Both teams faced a lot of adversity. After the game the recruits and their families went out to dinner with the coaching staff and the players who were our hosts. It was a good dinner and I ate really well and was able to learn more about the coaching staff and the players."
"On Sunday, we ate breakfast with the coaches and then went on an academic tour. After the tour my family and I had a meeting with Coach Fulmer about my visit and how everything went. Coach Fulmer is a great guy and really knows how to do things right. He has a great program and takes great care of everyone."
Doering, who has scheduled official visits to Notre Dame (December 3rd), Iowa (December 10th) and Nebraska (December 17th) has also added his fifth and final visit.
"I'm going to take an official visit this coming weekend to the University of Oklahoma. I'm really looking forward to seeing what Oklahoma has to offer, and I'm also looking forward to meeting the coaching staff and the players."