Commit Profile: Trip McNeill

As the class of 2014 signs their national letters of intent, we run down each signee's recruiting process and look back at what it took for the Blue Devils to earn his commitment. Next up is North Carolina offensive lineman Trip McNeill.

Name: Trip McNeill

School: Davie County HS (Mocksville, NC)

Ht/Wt/40: 6-foot-5 / 290lbs / 5.1

Projected Position: Offensive Guard

Recruiting Recap: After fielding offers from Appalachian State, Duke, East Carolina, North Carolina, North Carolina State, Virginia, and Wake Forest, McNeill picked the Blue Devils in March of 2013.

Quotable: "Honestly I just found what I was looking for at Duke. I talked it over with my dad, and before we left I told Coach Collins that I wanted to come to Duke."

"He kind of laughed and thought I was joking with him, but I assured him I knew Duke was for me. It was a combination of everything I'd seen from the school, how the football program was run, and the family environment which has so many strong relationships around it. For me, that was it. There was no reason to drag it out."

"Duke was one of the first schools to recruit me along with North Carolina. They came to my school early on for visits, and they kept coming back. At one point Coach Collins left word that I could call him whenever to set up a visit. One weekend my mom had a few days off and said 'Remember Coach Collins told you to call him if you ever wanted to come down', so I called him and he set it up."

"I'd say some of my favorite memories from the process were the campus visits and getting to know various guys in my class. Also, meeting the head coaches was great. My two favorite memories were game day visits. I got to visit for the Miami and Virginia game, and the Duke-UNC game last year. Both were close and exciting games, and you could really feel the energy."

Note: McNeill entered the season with improved weight room numbers. He reports a bench press max of 315 pounds, a squat max of 420 pounds, and a forty time of 4.9 seconds. After earning all-conference, all-region, and all-state honors as a junior, McNeill was a preseason all-state selection for the 4A classification (North Carolina's largest).


Self Evaluation: "They've said that after I sign they will be sending me a playbook and workout schedule so I can get more adjusted to the program faster. For me, personally, I feel like I can always improve on everything. I can always be a little quicker, a little meaner, and I need to continue to work on staying with my blocks and staying with the linebackers."

Evaluation: "He has really grown to be a very physical player," Davie County head coach Doug Illing said. "When he walks into a room, you can tell he's a big guy. But sometimes big guys aren't physical and are lazy, but he's not a lazy kid and he's a very physical player. He just wants to bury you – he has that type of mentality. And on top of that he has a lot of strength to go with it. He has done a good job to manage his weight and use his intensity to his advantage."

Projected 2014 Season Status: The expectation of the entire offensive line class from 2014 including McNeill is that all will spend 2014 redshirting.

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