Davidson Standout Receives Big Offer

Davidson's Michael McNeil is one of the top safety prospects in the South. McNeil received his third scholarship offer Monday afternoon from a big SEC program.

"I received an offer from Alabama in the mail today," said Michael McNeil from Mobile, (Ala.). "The coaches told me last Thursday they had an offer for me. It came in the mail today."

"I spoke to coach [Chris] Ball and coach [Buddy] Wyatt. They were telling me the coaching staff watched my highlight film. They said they love me running, blitzing, my man-to-man coverage, and I am very physical."

"Coach Ball kept telling me he wanted to coach me. He told me he didn't ever want to play against me. He wants me to call him once a week and he would text me a lot. He wished me a Happy Easter."

McNeil now holds scholarship offers from Alabama, Auburn and Ole Miss. He lists the two in-state schools as his favorites.

"Alabama and Auburn are neck-and-neck as far as I'm concerned," McNeil said. "I really like the atmosphere at Alabama. It's a big stadium, and the fans are crazy. They play a real aggressive defense, and they like to bring the safety up in the box."

"I have always been an Auburn fan. I have always wanted the opportunity to play there. I have spoken to all the coaches, and I feel at home at Auburn."

The 6-2, 200-pound safety attended A-Day games at Alabama and Auburn and talks of his time on each campus.

"Alabama's A-Day was real good." McNeil said. "They had a big turn out. There were a lot more fans there than at Auburn. They showed real good support for just a spring scrimmage."

"During Auburn's A-Day I spoke to coach [James] Willis for a long time. He shared his experience during the recruiting process and talked about playing in the NFL. I had a real good time down there."

When asked a time-frame for a decision McNeil replied, "My family wants me to wait until after my season to decide. I need to get my highlight tapes sent out to different schools. The only schools who have seen my highlights are Alabama, Auburn and Ole Miss, and they all have offered."

"I want to make my decision either right after spring training or before my season begins."

The team receiving McNeil's verbal commitment may receive an added bonus as well.

"Sidell [Corley] and I have been talking about playing together in college," McNeil said. "Right now that is the plan."

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

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