Mobile, Ala.--All along Michael McNeil assumed he would be a Florida State Seminole after growing up a fan of Bobby Bowden's club but on Wednesday he followed through with an earlier commitment to the Auburn Tigers by signing a letter of intent to Auburn at a ceremony at Davidson High School.
Rated by Scout.com as the top player in Alabama and one of the top safety prospects in the country, the 6-2, 200 McNeil is a dominating defender that has the ability to play the ball in the air as well as help in run support. A four-star prospect, McNeil finished his senior season by earning All-State honors after making 90 tackles with three interceptions, two sacks and one forced fumble.
With speed to go along with his perfect safety build it's no wonder that McNeil was one of the more highly recruited players in Alabama this season. With offers from over 40 schools McNeil narrowed his list down to Auburn, Florida State, Tennessee and Alabama before choosing the Tigers.
McNeil comes from very good bloodlines in the game of football as his father Clifton McNeil was an all-star performer for the Cleveland Browns and San Francisco 49ers. In 1968 he earned All-Pro honors after leading the league in receptions with 71 for 994 yards and seven touchdowns.