"Auburn is close to home," he says of why he picked Auburn. "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."
Choosing coach Tommy Tuberville's Tigers over North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Tennessee, Georgia and others, McNeill was one of the more heavily recruited prospects in the South this year. With the size and quickness that made him a hot name with college recruiters, McNeill is one of the bigger pick-ups for the Tigers in this recruiting class.
He is a standout in three sports. McNeill is currently participating in basketball and will throw the shot putt for the track team in the spring.
The offensive tackle will join his high school teammate and fellow offensive lineman Jonathan Palmer in Auburn's 2002 freshman class.
At a signing ceremony at his school, where earlier this year he was named "Mr. Cedar Grove High School," McNeill put on an Auburn football jersey (number 78). He said recruiting was a tough process as he sometimes had between 100-200 phone calls a day as coaches from around the country tried to woo him to their universities.