Utah all-conference safety Morgan Scalley has accepted an invitation to participate in the Philadelphia Eagles' mini-camp this weekend. If all goes well, he could sign a free-agent deal with the defending NFC champions.

"You work so hard and all you're asking for is a shot," Scalley said. "Philadelphia called (Wednesday) morning, and I couldn't be happier."

Scalley will leave today for Philadelphia to participate in camp Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Running back Marty Johnson has yet to sign a deal but has been assured a workout in May with the New York Giants or Oakland Raiders.

A total of eight Utes have been sought out by NFL teams. A school-record-tying five were drafted: Alex Smith (49ers), Sione Pouha (Jets), Chris Kemoeatu (Steelers), Paris Warren (Buccaneers) and Jonathan Fanene (Bengals). Steve Savoy signed a free-agent deal with the Lions.

"It's a neat deal," Scalley said. "We've worked hard for it. I wish everyone the best. I hope they all stick. I know they're all good enough. It's great to have Utah represented this way."

Three Cougars — Brady Poppinga (Packers), Scott Young (Eagles) and Shaun Nua (Steelers) — were drafted, while John Denney (Dolphins), Aaron Francisco (Cardinals) and Brandon Heaney (Falcons) signed free-agent deals.

Kicker/punter Matt Payne went undrafted and has yet to sign on with an NFL team.

Utah State's Jerome Dennis signed with the Indianapolis Colts. Dennis is the only Aggie to have signed on with the NFL this year.

Dennis, a 6-foot-1, 192-pound cornerback, played three seasons at Utah State, starting his final year.

Two SUU players, Marques Harris and Lee Chart, will be in camp with NFL teams. Harris, a 6-1, 235-pound linebacker from Grand Junction, Colo., received a two-year deal from the San Diego Chargers, while Chart, a 6-3, 295-pound offensive lineman from Park City, received a make-good contact from the Indianapolis Colts.