Defensive Line Prospect Checks Out Tigers

Davidson High School prospect Pat McNeil comments on his junior day visit to check out the Auburn Tigers.

Mobile, Ala.--Pat McNeil was a lot more familiar with the Auburn University campus than many of the prospects who attended Auburn's football junior day.

The defensive lineman from Davidson High School knows the Auburn program from watching his older brother, starting safety Mike McNeil, play for the Tigers. Mike McNeil will be a junior for the Tigers this fall.

At 6-2, 265 pounds, the "little brother" is a lot bigger than older brother. "I have always been bigger than my brother since I was little," the defensive tackle points out.

Pat's older brother developed into a heavily recruited prospect before signing with Auburn. So far Pat doesn't have any scholarship offers, but he is getting looks from colleges. "No, sir, offers yet, but they will probably come in the spring," he says.

"I am just taking it all in stride and loving the attention," says the grandson of former NFL All-Pro wide receiver Clifton McNeil. "He told me to keep calm because everybody is going to try to throw their best at me. He told me to concentrate on my academics."

The defensive lineman says he wants to wait a while before deciding who his favorite colleges are. "I have got to get my feel on every school before I can have a favorite school," he says. "I am just liking all of the schools."

McNeil, who says he plays both end and tackle on the defensive front, notes, "I went to Alabama's junior day on the 21st. I was able to communicate with James Willis. We had a good conversation."

McNeil already knew Willis as a former assistant coach at Auburn and notes it was unusual seeing him on the coaching staff at Alabama. "We had a good conversation," McNeil says, adding, "I threw a joke in or two. I am a funny guy."

McNeil says that he plans to major in communications in college.

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