Doogan Camps at UNC after Invite

High on North Carolina's list of jumbo athlete targets, Neil Doogan was extended a special invitation to attend the Tar Heels' individual camp last week. The 6-foot-3, 225-pounder from Philadelphia (Pa.) Saint Joe's Prep accepted the invite and worked out for the staff last Tuesday.

"Coach [John] Gutekunst called me in May and he said they are pretty interested and he asked me if I wanted to come down to the camp for maybe a day to workout," said Doogan. "I said, ‘Yeah,' and attended the second day of the three-day camp."

Not sure where he fits at the next level, Doogan worked out with the linebackers during the morning session, and then spent the final two sessions with the tight ends.

"I talked to [Gutekunst] a lot [after the camp]," said Doogan. "I was in his office for a little while. He was just talking about what the next step was. He said it will take him and the coaches a couple weeks to review my workout and then they would have to look at the recruits that are coming in this year and see what spots they have to fill up.

"He said he was impressed with how I moved around and stuff. He was very happy with how I caught the ball. He said Coach [Tommy] Thigpen, the linebacker coach, was really happy with my workout, too."

In addition to working out, Doogan toured the campus with an emphasis on the football facilities.

After his Chapel Hill stay, Doogan headed to Ann Arbor for Michigan's camp. Although he didn't receive a Wolverine scholarship offer, a Central Michigan coach working the camp extended him a Chippewas offer – his first.

Before UNC's camp, Doogan camped at Temple. He is now preparing for Penn State's June 25th one-day camp.

Although he's keeping an open mind regarding favorites, Doogan admits two schools have caught his eye.

"I'd say Michigan and North Carolina are probably my two favorites right now," said Doogan. "But, all my options are open. I'm open to anybody. I'm not really excluding any schools, but so far I was really impressed with Michigan and North Carolina."

Doogan's camping experience last week had a lot to do with his strong interest in the Tar Heels.

"I liked just everything [at UNC]," said Doogan. "[I liked] how the coaches were – teaching us and stuff, the football building – I was very impressed with that, and also I had talks with some of their players – I was really impressed with what they were telling me about Chapel Hill."

During his junior season, Doogan's play at defensive end helped lead Philadelphia (Pa.) Saint Joe's Prep to an 11-2 record and the Philadelphia City Championship.

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