New Town (Owings Mills, MD) wide receiver recruit Douglas McNeil, recently named first-team all-state for small schools, made an official visit to Virginia Tech last month and will head to JMU this weekend and UVa next weekend before making a decision. Where is the 6-4, 190-pound prospect leaning?
Look no further than the school where he made his first official visit.
“The Virginia Tech visit went very well,” New Town Head Coach Rich Stichel said. “He had a real good time. Right now, Virginia Tech is his number one choice. They want him to enroll in January of 2007 instead of the fall [of 2006], so that’s the only glitch. Both JMU and UVa want him to enroll in the fall.”
McNeil’s parents like Virginia Tech as well, with the grey-shirt issue being the holdback for them as well.
“I know his parents really liked Virginia Tech, but his mother has issues with his staying home in the fall,” Stichel said. “She doesn’t want him sitting around the house next fall.
“He’s taking his visits. I know he liked JMU from the start because they were the first to offer. Then Virginia Tech came in and they are a 1A program. Right now, his decision is really between Virginia and Virginia Tech.”
Despite McNeil’s heavy interest in Virginia Tech, Virginia assistant coach Anthony Poindexter continues to recruit the New Town star very hard.
“Coach Poindexter has been here every week he is allowed,” Stichel said.
As a senior, McNeil had 31 receptions for 681 yards and seven touchdowns. He added a punt return for a score. He played strong safety as well, but is being recruited by all three schools initially as a wide receiver.
When it comes time to announce a decision, Coach Stichel says there will be a press conference.
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