Top Safety Prospect Checks Out Tide

Davidson's Michael McNeil is one of the top safety prospects in the South for the class of 2007. McNeil took an unofficial visit to Alabama for Junior Day, and the Tide made an impression with the in-state prospect.

"The visit was great," said Michael McNeil from Mobile, (Ala.). "I met all the coaches and toured the facilities. I fell in love with the weight room. All of the facilities were top of the line."

"The coaches were telling me they knew that I liked Auburn a lot, but asked me to keep all of my options open. I let them know I am very interested in Alabama."

McNeil observed the Tide's practice Saturday afternoon and shared, "Their practice style is almost identical to ours at Davidson. The sequence is the same way. It would be a quick, easy adjustment for me if I went to Alabama."

"The practice was real intense. I didn't think it was going to be that crunk at all. The one-on-one competition between the receivers and defensive backs was very competitive. Their practice seemed very fun. It wasn't stiff and boring. I met Simeon [Castille] and his brother[Tim Castille] after practice. They seemed pretty cool."

Before arriving in Tuscaloosa, McNeil was familiar with his recruiting coach, and he met his position coach Saturday afternoon.

"I met my area coach, Buddy Wyatt, last year during one game I attended," McNeil said. "I went to the Alabama-Tennessee game with my teammate, Cory Patterson. Coach Wyatt seems like a real cool guy. He said he was going to keep in touch with me. I gave my position coach, coach [Chris] Ball, one of my game tapes. He said he was going to watch it. I am going to give him a call back this week and see what he thought about it."

McNeil has received scholarship offers from Auburn and Ole Miss and many more are expected to come his way this spring. He enjoyed what he saw this weekend.

"I really like their defensive scheme," he said. "They play very aggressive. They play a lot of man defense, and I like that a lot. Alabama is definitely a school I am considering."

The talented prospect plans to attend Auburn's Junior Day this weekend, and he will attend Junior Day at LSU April 1.

McNeil will participate in the All-American Combine in Tuscaloosa April 29.

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