An offer from the Tigers could be his way as early as three games into his junior season—that's why he's keeping a close eye on Clemson.
"I went to camp up there and did really well," he said. "The coaches said they would keep in contact with me throughout the season."
After Chester's first pre-season scrimmage versus Keenan HS, CUTigers.com talked to McNeal to hear who he's got listed among his favorites. Though he has no offers yet, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU and Texas are included on his list with Clemson.
As the interest picks up and the offers begin to pour in, McNeal said he's excited about the upcoming years for him and his fellow 2011 quarterback prospects. Basketball teammates on the AAU circuit with Everett Golson of Myrtle Beach HS and also friends with Justin Worley of Northwestern HS and Christian LeMay out of Charlotte, McNeal likes the talent of his fellow signal callers.
"We've got a whole lot of talent coming out of that class and I'm standing somewhere around the top of that class," McNeal said. "It's really exciting to know I'm going to be one of the top quarterbacks."
He also likes that LeMay is looking at Georgia too.
"If everything goes right, we'll probably have to battle it out," McNeal said.
As a sophomore, McNeal threw for 3,577 yards and 39 touchdowns directing the Chester offense.
"We'll talk about it when they start talking to me even more," McNeal said.
Here's what McNeal thinks of the other schools that he's looking during the early stages of his recruitment.
Georgia: I like the offense, the coaching staff and the environment. I like how their players are. The school is good. It's a good football program. They've got a good graduation rate.
Kentucky: Former Chester player Gene McCaskill, he plays there now. We go to a 7-on-7almost every summer and get to see the facilities—they're nice. I got to talk to coach (Joker) Phillips. He's a good offensive coordinator and I like their offense.
LSU: I like that they've got a whole lot of speed and how they get to the ball really fast on offense and defense. I've never been there but I'm planning on going in the next couple of years.
Texas: I received some mail from them the other day. They like my highlight tape. They're probably going to keep in contact with me. I'd like to go there because Vince Young went there and he's my favorite NFL quarterback.
McNeal said he brings the characteristic that coaches look for in every quarterback—leadership.
"I'm able to take control of a team and lead them to a victory," he said.