Philadelphia St. Joseph's prospect Neil Doogan was a standout performer at the linebacker position at last week's Michigan summer camp despite having lined up at defensive end for his high school team. The 6-3, 225-pounder flashed a combination of size and speed that garnered attention from a number of coaches.
"They were really impressed with my linebacker skill," Doogan said. "They're most likely looking at me as a middle linebacker. Coach English seemed to like me a lot. He gave me a lot of points on the side. He also took me up to see Coach Carr in his office and he told me that he liked me a lot too. He said he was very impressed with my workout. He said I was the type of player they want to bring into Michigan. He just wants to see a couple of my games at linebacker since I played D-end last year. He gave me his number and everything. He said to give him a call if I have any questions and that they were really coming after me."
Michigan isn't the only program waiting to evaluate Doogan's transition away from the line of scrimmage. A host of other suitors have also made it clear that his recruitment will progress once they get his senior game film.
"My coach tells me a lot of people are very interested," said Doogan. "No one has really offered yet. Everybody needs to see me at linebacker to really go ahead with everything. Michigan, North Carolina, Maryland, a little bit Penn State, Virginia, Temple, and Syracuse are the schools showing the most interest right now."
Once those offers finally arrive, Doogan will weed out his eventual destination using a set list of criteria.
"The education will definitely come first," he said. "The program would probably be the second thing. The third thing would probably be the atmosphere…like how I felt when I went to the school, how the school reacted to the program, and things like that."
"All my options are really open, but I would definitely say Michigan, North Carolina, and Maryland are high on my list," continued Doogan. "Since I don't have any offers so far, my decision probably won't be until after my senior season."