"Auburn and North Carolina are my final two," is the answer he gives Inside The Auburn Tigers when asked if he has narrowed his choices down. "Auburn is close to home. They have a good football background and it would be easy for my parents to get to the games. They have a pretty decent engineering program in what I want to go into."
As for the Tar Heels, their draw could be one that is dwindling as time passes by. Growing up in North Carolina and dreaming of playing for the Heels, McNeill says that some things have changed over the final weeks and it doesn't look like that will be the case now.
"North Carolina, I kind of grew up wanting to play with my cousin there," McNeill says. "He lives in North Carolina. I wanted to play with him but it doesn't look like it's going to happen. So, I don't know about North Carolina."
Being recruited by North Carolina State and not North Carolina, his cousin Brandon Moore would have been a strong draw for McNeill to choose the Tar Heels. Recruited as a free safety by other schools, his lack of interest by North Carolina could be the difference in McNeill's decision.
Himself recruited by schools from coast-to-coast, McNeill says that he has given serious consideration to Clemson, Georgia Tech, Miami and lately Georgia but he just feels like Auburn or North Carolina is the place for him. In fact he had a visit scheduled to Athens this weekend to see coach Mark Richt and company but decided he didn't need to see the Bulldogs after all.
"I'm done," he notes when asked if he planned to take any more visits. "I ended up staying at home because I had a basketball game."
Something else that could factor in McNeill's decision is the increasing likelihood that current teammate Jonathan Palmer will choose to become a Tiger. A 6-6, 312 pound offensive lineman, Palmer and McNeill played football together for their entire careers and are currently playing basketball as the twin towers for Cedar Grove High School. "It would," McNeill says when asked if Palmer going to Auburn would have an effect on his choice. "But we've already talked about it. We're going to go wherever we feel is the best for us."