McNeal Verbal Kick-Starts Recruiting

Four-star wide receiver Bryce McNeal talks with about his big decision to commit to Clemson.

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It's never happened before.

But after Saturday's U.S. Army All-American Game, it will happen at Clemson later this fall.

For the first time ever, a player from Minnesota will suite up for the orange and white.

Four-star wide receiver Bryce McNeal, who was widely thought to be headed to the west coast to play for the Oregon Ducks, decided instead he wanted to play in the ACC for the Clemson Tigers Saturday.

"I really like that all of the coaches are Christians at Clemson," McNeal told "I also have a lot of family in Atlanta. It will be a great opportunity to be the first person from Minnesota to ever play for Clemson.

"I like the offensive scheme at Clemson. I just feel like I fit in well at Clemson. Clemson is also a great academic school."

The four-star wide out chose the Tigers over Oregon, Colorado and Minnesota.

He also took an official visit to Oklahoma as well.

McNeal said his decision was mainly based on his relationship with the coaching staff- in particular his main recruiter to Clemson, wide receivers coach Jeff Scott.

"I love the coaches," he said. "Coach Scott, coach Swinney and coach Napier are the best ever. It's like they are one big family down there.

"And again, I love them because all of the coaches are Christians. I am looking forward to playing for all of the coaches."

With McNeal's commitment, the Tigers now how 10 public pledges for the 2009 recruiting class.

Clemson is expected to sign at least 20 players.

And just how firm is McNeal's commitment to the Tigers?

"100 percent hands down," he added.

McNeal finished his junior season with 31 catches for 720 yards and nine touchdowns. As a senior he recorded 41 receptions for 344 yards and a touchdown in seven games. currently ranks McNeal as the No. 27 overall wide receiver in the nation. Top Stories