He was bypassed in last week's NFL draft, but McMaster Marauders star Ben D'Aguilar will have two chances to secure a contract south of the border.
A CFL source requesting anonymity said Monday the six-foot-two, 240-pound defensive lineman has received invitations from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Jets to attend their rookie mini-camps. D'Aguilar will head to Tampa Bay's camp, which starts Friday, and if he impresses enough to secure an NFL contract, he'd then skip the Jets session.
However, if a contract from Tampa Bay doesn't come, then D'Aguilar would attend the Jets' camp the following weekend and try to secure a deal with them.
D'Aguilar has worked out before NFL officials before.
He participated in an NFL regional combine this off-season in Tampa before taking part in the NFL super regional event earlier this month in Irving, Tex., leading up to the league's annual draft.
D'Aguilar was a one-man wrecking crew last year with McMaster, posting a Canadian university-record 12.5 sacks. He added 28 tackles (26 solo) and a forced fumble to help McMaster make a second straight Vanier Cup appearance.
That earned D'Aguilar the J.P. Metras Trophy as Canadian university's top lineman, the first Marauder to win the award. The CFL's scouting bureau took notice, moving D'Aguilar up to No. 7 on its final top-15 prospect list after making him No. 10 to start the season.
The free-spirited D'Aguilar is a definite blue-chip talent for the CFL draft May 6 but would become a future selection if he signed an NFL deal beforehand.
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats own the first pick of the '13 CFL draft but certainly have plenty to mull over regarding who to take first overall.
Oregon linebacker Bo Lokombo finished atop the CFL scouting bureau rankings but will return to school this fall. Regina Rams defensive tackle Stefan Charles, the second-ranked player, signed as a free agent with Tennessee following the NFL draft, as did McMaster offensive lineman Matt Sewell (No. 4).
Third-ranked defensive lineman Linden Gaydosh of the Calgary Dinos hasn't signed an NFL deal as of yet and made a serious pitch to be taken first overall in the CFL draft with an impressive performance at the league's evaluation camp in March. Eastern Michigan offensive lineman Andy Mulumba, the fifth-ranked CFL draft prospect, has signed with the NFL's Green Bay Packers while No. 6 offensive lineman Nolan MacMillan is expected to return to Iowa this fall.
Canadian C.O. Prime, an unranked linebacker at Wagner College who's also eligible for the '13 CFL draft, signed as a free agent with the Indianapolis Colts.