Chad Simmons

State of Alabama's top defensive tackle, Neil Farrell, earns Alabama offer at camp Tuesday

Alabama's first full prospect camp of the summer has all but wrapped up and one of the few to earn a scholarship offer this week was Neil Farrell. The in-state defensive lineman reflects on the news and how it came to be.

Class of 2017 Mobile (Ala.) Murphy High defensive lineman Neil Farrell had a banner junior season for one of the most talented teams in south Alabama and he has seen scholarship offers come in on a consistent basis ever since. Clemson, LSU, Florida, Michigan and others are among the latest, but it didn't stop him from competing for additional attention. 

Farrell is now one-for-one on the camp trail, earning his latest scholarship from defending national champion Alabama on Tuesday.

"Big one," he told Scout soon after. "I'm Excited."

After the workout, in which many of the top in-state prospects performed, Nick Saban invited the state's top-ranked defensive tackle into his office to deliver the news.

"I went to his office a while after camp and we talked, he told me I had an offer from there," Farrell said. "We talked about the academics and life about Alabama.

"It meant a lot coming from a great coach like him."

Previously, the rising-senior mentioned Clemson, LSU and Michigan as programs standing out, but he now backs off of that notion with a new offer in hand. 

"I have no top schools right now," he said. "I'm really just open right now but 'Bama is definitely a school I would consider."

Farrell said he earned his latest offer with UA interest and consistent effort in front of Saban and company while on campus.

"I really worked hard, showed no weakness, no tiredness," he said. "Coach Saban and other coaches said they liked what they saw. It was a great camp, I learned a lot, like coming out of my hips more harder. And the competition was good."  

With one in-state power in the books, the three-star will try to make it two-for-two in the eastern part of the state Monday as he heads to Auburn University. Farrell doesn't have any visit and/or camp plans scheduled following that trip. He has no timetable for narrowing his list or making a verbal commitment.

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