McNeal impressed with TE commit

Tony McNeal recently spoke to CUTigers to talk about his right knee, which schools have recently been in touch with him and who he's recruiting to join him in the 2011 class.

QB Tony McNeal Profile

Tony McNeal will be going through light work over the upcoming weeks during spring practice at Chester High School.

The quarterback tore his ACL in October, committed to Clemson and underwent surgery in January.

"I'll be doing a couple of drills and hopefully I'll be able to play some during the spring game," he said. "I can just do regular three and five-step drops, no rolling out—just catching and throwing."

It's only been a week since McNeal was allowed to begin throwing while on his feet. Since the surgery, he had been limited to only throwing from a chair and just standing and throwing.

The recovery hasn't always been easy to cope with.

"The process, you want to get back out there and hurry up and get 100 percent but you've got to take it as it comes," McNeal said. "You just have to wait, be patient and make sure you recover fully."

The injury has limited the college choices for the Scout.com three-star. Lately, he's heard from West Virginia and Wake Forest, among a few others.

Right now, the lack of offers from other schools doesn't bother McNeal. Not surprisingly, he doesn't have plans to visit schools other than Clemson.

"Clemson is still my number one school," he confirmed.

McNeal has been keeping in touch with his fellow 2011 commits like Shaq Anthony, DeShaun Williams and Robert Smith. McNeal wasn't surprised when he recently heard that Eric MacLain joined the group.

"I threw with him the year before this at the VTO Combine and I talked to him then at this year's," McNeal said. "I haven't talked to him since he committed but I talked to him at the spring game. He told me then it was coming sometime soon, but I didn't think it would be that soon."

He's also working on an uncommitted wide receiver.

"I talk to Charone Peake, try to tell him whatever it takes to get him," McNeal said.

As a junior, he connected on 128-of-206 passes for 1,700 yards and 18 touchdowns. During his sophomore season, McNeal was 240-of-426 for 3,533 yards and 37 touchdowns.

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