He not only stars on the gridiron, but he also stars on the hardwood, where he has his team playing in the State playoffs.
On Tuesday, with the big Bi-District hoops match-up looming against Moilna (Texas) High, Neal got some major news on the football recruiting front.
Lincoln head coach James Argenti confirmed that he picked up an offer from Texas Tech.
"I am just happy he got his first offer," Argenti said.
"Him and his brother (Erick Neal) are both great athletes. I think they are the best two-sport athletes in the area. Derrick does everything well. He works hard in class room and on the field. He is just a great kid. I am just happy to see good things happen to these kids."
Argenti uses the versatile 5-foot-10, 160-pounder on both sides of the ball and reports Tech has offered him as an athlete.
"They like him at inside receiver, cornerback and as a punt/kickoff return guy. They like him at all three. They recruiting him as an athlete. I use him the same way.
"I kinda like him on the offensive side of the ball because I am offensive coordinator," the 12-4A District Coach of the Year explained.
"I think he missed Baylor (and) Texas Junior Days because he is involved in basketball. We are in the state playoffs now."
As a junior, Neal rushed for 343 yards and six touchdowns and hauled in 34 receptions for 519 yards and seven scores. He also returned two kicks for touchdowns earning District Special Teams MVP honors and 12-4A All-District honors.
Other Prospects to Watch at Lincoln High:
WR Emmanuel Porter (6'5, 185) – "Committed to TCU. He played as a freshman and then took off a year before coming back. He went to one-day cam at TCU and ran three sub 4.5 40's (40-Yard Dash) – a 44.6 4.46 and a 4.47. He has got a lot of upside. He had a good year last year, but is going to have a great year next year."
ATH Erick Neal (5'10, 160) – "I think Eric wants to go basketball. All the schools are talking to him as an athlete as well. He is hearing from all of the same schools as Derrick. I call those guys the ‘Honey Badgers' I've never seen two kids as competitive."