It has been almost a year since Flint (Mich.) Powers Catholic defensive tackle Danny O'Brien claimed his first scholarship offer of the recruiting process, but the tide of offers continues to roll in. The 6-3, 293-pound prospect added offers from two SEC teams and one Big Ten school in the last week.
O'Brien reports that coaches from Alabama, Iowa, Michigan, Michigan State and another 4-6 colleges came through his school last week. The Crimson Tide and Hawkeyes followed up those visits with scholarship offers, and he also added a new offer from Arkansas last week.
"It was pretty cool to get three big offers in one week," O'Brien said. "It was a big week for me, and hopefully it keeps going. I was real excited about the Alabama offer, and I was excited about Iowa and Arkansas too. That should boost my stock hopefully, and I'll start picking up even more."
The three most recent offers gives O'Brien a total of 11 for his recruitment. The offer from Alabama came from head coach Nick Saban over the phone, and he plans to visit Tuscaloosa before the spring is out.
O'Brien followed up Michigan State's in-school visit with a trip of his own this past weekend to East Lansing for the Spartan's spring game.
"I went there with Matt Godin, and they said if they get us both they will be done recruiting linemen for a couple years," O'Brien said.
Coaches from Tennessee are expected to visit O'Brien in school this coming week. The Volunteers were the first school to offer the Michigan native a scholarship, and they assumed an early lead for his services which still stands.
"I have visited them the most, and have enjoyed the experience of visiting them," O'Brien said. "They're still up top, but I am definitely still open."
O'Brien is still months away from a decision. He plans to take official visits in the fall before rendering his final verdict.