McNeil Excited for VT Opportunity

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New Town (Owings Mills, MD) star Douglas McNeil is anxious to get to Virginia Tech. He’s anxious for the opportunity to play wide receiver, to show he has the ability to play the position very effectively on the next level. Basically, he is hoping to build upon what he accomplished in high school.

“I’m looking forward to it a lot,” McNeil said of playing wide receiver for Virginia Tech. “I’m anxious to see how good I am.”

McNeil went ahead and committed to Virginia Tech after meeting with Tech assistant Tony Ball on January 15th. Tech, which is where McNeil attended summer camp in 2005, was his favorite virtually the whole way through.

“Coach Ball was just asking me about the things I wanted to accomplish on the next level,” McNeil said. “Once I answered those questions, it was clear where I wanted to go.”

In his senior season, the 6-4, 190-pound McNeil caught 31 passes for 681 yards and seven touchdowns. He also had a punt return for a score. For his performance, he earned 1st-team all-state small schools and 2nd-team all-metro honors. In addition, he is a two-time selection to the all-Baltimore County team.

The team captain for each of the past two seasons, McNeil has been a model player on and off the field. He is a three-time all-academic selection who currently carries a 3.4 GPA. He has continued his good academic work while competing in football, basketball and track.

While his academic accomplishments no doubt raised his status in the eyes of college coaches, it was his football talent that earned him scholarship offers from Virginia Tech, Virginia and James Madison. According to New Town head coach Rich Stichel, the Virginia Tech coaches, who have been recruiting McNeil since his junior season, like several things about his star.

“One thing Coach Ball kept saying is that Douglas has the raw talent to be a great receiver,” Stichel said. “He’s a big kid and he’s only going to get stronger and faster. He has big play ability. I think he’s a Plaxico Burress type. You just throw it up to him and he can go get it.”

After he signs next week, he will finish out high school and will enroll at Tech in January 2007. What does he hope to accomplish over the next four or five years?

“I plan to have my degree,” McNeil said. “I’m looking at Sports Management. I want to help the team win a championship. Individually,