Tigers land 2011 QB commitment

The Clemson coaching staff has landed the verbal commitment of one of the top signal callers in the southeast for the class of 2011.

QB Tony McNeal Profile

Simply put, his first offer was too good to pass up.

Chester quarterback Tony McNeal, who is considered to be one of the top quarterbacks in the southeast for the 2011 recruiting class, committed to Clemson University today, while on campus for an unofficial visit.

"Clemson is a good place," he said. "They do the same kind of stuff we do at our high school now. It's a good coaching staff."

He made the trip to Tigertown from Chester with him mom, uncle and younger cousin.

McNeal told CUTigers last month he was close to committing to the Tigers. (Scout.com)
McNeal gave his pledge while sitting in the office with Clemson coach Dabo Swinney.

"We were talking and I committed then," McNeal said. "He was very happy and said that he could wait until I got started in January."

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

At this point, Clemson is the only school that's offered.

"They were committed to me the whole time, even though I had to have my surgery," he said.

He 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.

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 told CUTigers.com in late December. "Hopefully, I'll get to do spring practice."

McNeal is the sixth pledge for the Clemson coaching staff in the 2011 recruiting class.

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

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