McNeil Close to VT Commitment?

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Virginia Tech appears in good position to land a commitment from New Town (Owings Mills, MD) 6-4, 190-pound standout Douglas McNeil . McNeil has not yet made a decision, but has set an official visit to Blacksburg for next weekend.

“As far as I understand and after talking with his parents, he plans on committing to Virginia Tech,” New Town head coach Rich Stichel said. “He’s supposed to go to Virginia Tech next weekend for an official visit. I think Virginia Tech is where he’s going to go. He’s always talked about going there. He went there this summer for camp and really enjoyed it.”

According to Stichel, McNeil holds two Division 1A scholarship offers – Virginia and Virginia Tech. McNeil will make an unofficial visit to UVa this weekend for the Virginia Tech game, a visit not likely to have an impact on his final decision.

If McNeil follows through and commits to Virginia Tech, the plan would be to enroll in January of 2007.

“He’s going to enroll in January of 2007,” Stichel said. “Then he could participate in spring practices and he may red-shirt.”

McNeil plays wide receiver and strong safety for a New Town squad that missed the playoffs by only two points each of the past two seasons, with last year being New Town’s first year of football. McNeil has been a major contributor and will be missed next season.

“He’s 6-4, 190 pounds, and he ran a 4.65 at Virginia Tech’s camp this summer,” Stichel said. “His biggest strength is that he’s a big receiver. He doesn’t have blazing speed, but he’ll go up and catch the ball. He has a very good vertical leap and he has great hands. He was one of, if not the, best weapons on our team. We run the triple option, but when teams stack the line we throw right to Doug. And every time he was double covered. He had 31 receptions for 681 yards and seven touchdowns and also had a punt return for a touchdown.”

What position are Virginia and Virginia Tech recruiting him to play?

“He also plays strong safety and he’s a good tackler, but I think he wants to play wide receiver on the next level,” Stichel said. “I guess it will depend on where they put him in college, but I know both Virginia and Virginia Tech are recruiting him as a wide receiver.”

Tony Ball is the primary recruiter from Virginia Tech, while