Duke Eyeing Top SC Runner

One of the more impressive prospects in attendance at Duke's junior day last month was 6-foot-1, 180 pound South Carolina safety/running back James "J.C." Neal. Tabbed as one of the south's premiere speedsters, Neal will be one to watch in 2005.

During his junior season rising senior J.C. Neal did a little bit of everything for Lakewood (SC) head coach Greg Crolley's Gators. Last year he saw time as a running back, safety, receiver, and even took snaps at quarterback when the team's starter went down.

At all three positions he excelled, though it was running the ball where he made the biggest impression. As the Gators' premiere runner Neal tallied nearly 930 yards on the ground while crossing the goal line 10 times.

Neal is described as a very fast yet deceptively strong runner who has been timed running a 4.4 forty while being able to max out on the bench press at 255 pounds, 365 on the squat, while power cleaning a remarkable 245 pounds.

After seeing the tape and hosting him for Junior Day, the Blue Devils have jumped in as the first program to offer him a scholarship, but don't expect Neal to be an early commitment.

"Duke offered me, and I went there for junior day," Neal told TDD. "I'm also getting interest from NC State, South Carolina, Georgia, Maryland, Clemson, Alabama, and Wake Forest."

Stay tuned to TDD for more on Neal and other names that appear on the recruiting radar for the Blue Devils in the class of 2005.

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