Camp Time For McNeal, Teammates

Athletic defensive back Demetruce McNeal talks about his trip to Auburn this coming weekend for a camp.

College Park, Ga.--For Banneker athlete Demetruce McNeal, last month's 7-on7 passing camp at Auburn was the first audition, but this weekend may be the final screen test for him and many other prospects from around the country when Auburn has its final senior camp on Saturday.

Already impressive enough to garner a verbal offer from the Tigers, McNeal says he's hoping to make it official this weekend when he visits along with teammates Shaun Kitchens and Tres Houston.

"The coaches wanted me to come back through," McNeal tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "When I left the passing tournament they asked me when I was planning on coming back down. My high school coaches are going to drive us down there.

"They said once I get down there they are going to give me the offer," he adds. "They said things would just go from there. They haven't sent me the details because I didn't know whether they were going to send it to the school or my house. They just waited until I got down there."

In addition to Auburn, McNeal says he has offers from South Carolina, West Virginia, Southern Miss, Purdue and Louisiana Monroe. With several options at the moment, he says right now he's working from still a pretty good list of schools.

"It's Auburn, South Carolina, Clemson, Purdue and Southern Miss right now for me," McNeal notes.

Auburn has been a school that has consistently been on McNeal's list from the beginning. With his teammate Kitchens already committed to be a Tiger, McNeal says there is a lot to like about Coach Gene Chizik's program at the moment.

"They are a young team," McNeal says. "They are in good contention for an SEC Championship right now but a lot of people don't think so. I think from talking to the coaches they're looking for some help in the secondary. They said they might have to move a receiver to defensive back this year. I think I might be the perfect fit for their style of play on the defensive side of the ball."

With an offer seemingly in the bag, McNeal could come over and just watch while others take part in the camp. That's not enough though as he says he's out to show that he belongs when they hit the field on Saturday.

"I have to play more up tempo because it's just a one day thing," McNeal notes. "Really I don't have to show them my skills, but I'm going to do my best. They already know what I can do. They've got my highlight film and game film. They know my style of play. Really I just have to go out there and do it for me."

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