Tigers offer 2011 quarterback

Clemson was the first school to come through with an offer for this 2011 quarterback last Tuesday night. The Tigers' offer could bring about a commitment in the near future.

QB Tony McNeal Profile

"My coach called me and said that Clemson had called and wanted to offer me a full scholarship," said Chester (SC) quarterback Tony McNeal.

"When he told me that, I didn't know what to say. I was just happy to get one," he said. "I had been waiting for one for a long time. When I got one, it showed me that they had confidence in me and they thought that I was good enough to play on their team."

McNeal told CUTigers Monday night that his decision could be made as early as next week.

"I just want to make sure that everything is alright and talk to my family to make sure that everything is good," he said. "I'm very interested in Clemson."


McNeal told CUTigers Monday night that his decision could be made as early as next week. (Scout.com)
If McNeal were to commit to the Tigers, he'd join former Chester HS teammate Kalon Davis, a commit for the 2010 class.

"He's talked to me about the school. He's told me to make the right decision for me and my family," McNeal said. "He said that hopes we get to play together again."

After tearing the ACL in his right knee against Fairfield-Central in October, other schools are waiting to see how he responds after the Jan. 11 surgery before making an offer.

"The doctors said it will take three or four months. I've been doing real well in my rehab already, keeping my knee strong. I might be ready sooner than that," McNeal said. "Hopefully, I'll get to do spring practice."

Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd, who injured his knee during his senior year of high school, has given McNeal some advice on how to handle the injury.

"He told me to just do what the doctor said. Even if I think I can do it, don't do it," McNeal said.

Other schools that are recruiting McNeal include N.C. State, Kentucky, Maryland, Tennessee, Miami, Florida and LSU.

Scout.com rates McNeal with three stars in its early evaluation of 2011 prospects.

McNeal completed 128-of-206 passes for 1,700 yards and 18 touchdowns this past season for Chester High School during an injury-plagued season.

As a sophomore he completed 240-of-426 passes for 3,533 yards and 37 touchdowns.

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