December 6, 2011
Neal looking at Ohio State
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New names continue to surface on the Ohio State recruiting radar as Urban Meyer and company continue to work the phones and contact some of the nation's top prospects. Among those top prospects is Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral athlete Davonte Neal. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound prospect is being recruited as a wide receiver by Ohio State and the Buckeyes will send one of their top recruiters to Neal's home later this week.
"Coach (Stan) Drayton is coming in on Thursday (for an in-home visit)," said Neal. "He called me last week (to set it up) on Thursday I believe."
Neal is just now getting into the recruiting process as he had been focusing on his senior season.
"We really just started the recruiting process last week," Neal explained. "I really just wanted to focus on my football team and playing in a state championship so we did that and now I'm starting to focus on recruiting. I want to do two trips in December and then two trips in January."
With the season now over, he has been busy fielding calls from college coaches and setting up official visits.
"I have a visit setup to Notre Dame on Friday," Neal explained. "I have a visit to Arkansas on January 20th and they actually came in for an in-home visit tonight (Monday night). Those are the only two visits we have right now. "
Neal said his in-home visit with Arkansas offensive line coach Chris Klenakis was definitely a positive one and that he likes what the Razorbacks can bring to the table.
"I think (the visit) went great," Neal said. "They run a spread offense and their slot receiver is leaving this year and they're thinking that I can come in and play the slot position. I think it's a good situation."
Neal is looking forward to taking his first official visit this weekend when he heads to South Bend.
"Just the fact that they have a big alumni base and they have a lot of great athletes that go on to the NFL," Neal said, of his interest in the Fighting Irish. "Their players are really good and I'm looking at them as far as being able to play right away too."
As for which other teams may get an official visit, Neal says there is one school in particular that he plans to check out as soon as possible.
"Definitely Ohio State," he said. "I'm from there so I definitely want to see what they have going on out there with coach Meyer. I know they have a great alumni base, so that's one of the schools that I'm looking at as far as taking a trip to."
Neal was born in Akron, Ohio and has grown familiar with Ohio State over the years, having camped there in the seventh grade. Neal has also closely followed Meyer's career over the last decade and says the Buckeyes are recruiting him as a wide receiver.
"I think he's a great coach from what I've seen," Neal said. "When he was at Florida they won two national championships. I watched a lot of Florida games when coach Meyer was there and he knows how to get his athletes the ball in space and I like making plays."
As Neal continues to speak with college coaches and takes his official visits, he will be focusing on a few key points as he comes closer to making a decision.
"Family base, coaching stability, alumni base, and just getting my degree," he said.
Neal is rated a four-star prospect by Rivals.com and the No. 146 ranked player in the nation.
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