McNeil Talks Tigers, Tide and Noles

Bluechip safety prospect Michael McNeil of Davidson High School, who lists Alabama, Auburn and Florida State as his top three schools, reacts to the news of coach Mike Shula's firing.

Mobile, Ala.--With the announcement that Alabama head coach Mike Shula has been fired, four-star safety Michael McNeil of Davidson says nothing has changed with his top three schools.

McNeil found out the news on Monday morning, but says he is still keeping an open mind until everything is resolved in Tuscaloosa, especially with the possibility of some assistants being retained by the next staff.

"Coach (Chris) Ball recruited me and coach (Buddy) Wyatt," McNeil says. "I haven't really had a chance to think about it for real. I've been caught up with all of this school work and have been staying on top of my grades. I just heard about it and it's unfortunate, but I haven't had a chance to sit down and think about it."

Another college in his at the top of his list, Florida State, is also going through some coaching turmoil this season, though not as much as at Alabama. The Seminoles lost to Florida on Saturday 21-14 to fall to 6-6.

"It was a good, competitive game," McNeil notes. "Both teams played hard. Florida State just came up short. There were a couple of plays that they could have made and the game could have turned around or what not. I enjoyed myself up there on my visit."

McNeil's visit to Tallahassee was unofficial, as he has yet to line up his official visits. However, now that his season at Davidson is done he should start to sort out the dates soon.

"Coach (Mickey) Andrews (of FSU) is coming down to my school (Tuesday) and he's going to come to my house so I'll probably start setting it up at that time," McNeil explains. "I've got to talk to Coach (Will) Muschamp to set up my official visit to Auburn. I'm going to take it with Enrique Davis, Eltoro Freeman and some other prospects.

"Me and Enrique are real cool," he adds. "I met him a long time ago back in the summer at Alabama. Me and him talk on the phone a lot. Me and Eltoro played in the junior all-star game together. The coaches say that if I go to Auburn then me and Enrique will be roommates."

McNeil, who usually plays basketball and runs track, says that he will most likely commit himself this winter and spring to the weight room and hitting the books rather than playing other sports. He adds that he had "90 tackles, three interceptions, two sacks, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries and one for a touchdown" during his senior season.

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