At this point, the only thing stopping Dorian O'Daniel is himself. The outside linebacker from Olney (Md.) Our Lady of Good Counsel is very proud of his team's success and is already getting ready for next season, as he also deals with his very hectic recruiting process.
"This season was really big," said O'Daniel. "We made history as one of the best teams ever from this area. The first couple of games were the hardest. Players started getting hurt and other guys had to step up and I think that really brought the team together. Personally, I'm very proud of everything I did and I'm working on being a little more physical and learning the defense and play calls."
The 6-foot-1, 205-pound linebacker has 17 scholarship offers from major division one programs like Florida, Michigan, Oklahoma and Wisconsin. O'Daniel spoke about his latest offers.
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"Virginia Tech offered me not too long ago and before that I got an offer from Ohio State," explained O'Daniel. "I was wondering when Virginia Tech would offer me because they've offered a few of my other teammates. I was pretty excited about that because I've visited once or twice and it's a great environment down there. I don't know much about Ohio State, but I know Urban Meyer knows what he's doing and he's going to make a big impact up there."
O'Daniel is proving to be a hot commodity after the U.S. National Combine, where he received All-Combine First Team Defense Honors.
"The combine was great," he said. "I was there with a bunch of my teammates and we all did pretty well. I went out there to compete and coming off the flu, I really can't complain about how well I did."
O'Daniel was hesitant to name his favorite schools but has taken notice of a few.
"Michigan, Miami and Cal have been showing the most interest in me but Cal's recruiting coach just left," said O'Daniel. "Some schools that have made a big impression on me are Michigan, Florida and Oklahoma. Michigan has really been after me since the combine. I have a really good relationship with the coaches up there. I want to get up there and check it out. I was really excited about the Florida offer too. I like the whole Florida tradition and all the comparisons between me and Jelani Jenkins."
There are specific things O'Daniel is looking for when trying to decide which school to go to.
"The school has to have a good academic program," said O'Daniel. "I want a school with a lot of tradition and I have to like the coaching staff. My parents want me to go wherever I want to go. Distance really isn't an issue."
Last season, O'Daniel recorded 40 tackles, 16 tackles for a loss and five sacks. Offensively, he carried the ball 125 times for 900 yards and scored 17 touchdowns.
O'Daniel is still planning which of the upcoming camps and combines he will attend.