Early Offers & Lots of Interest For Top ATH

The state of Minnesota has a talented class coming up in 2009. Quite possibly the top junior in the state is Minneapolis Breck wideout Bryce McNeal. A two way starter since his freshman season, this talented athlete already has three BCS conference offers and more are undoubtedly on the way.

Bryce McNeal isn't putting up the stats he is capable this season, but that is what happens when you are touted as the state's top junior and maybe the state's top receiver regardless of class.

"There have been like three games where I've been triple covered," McNeal reported, "I'm seventh in the state in yards though (with one game not yet tabulated). I don't have many receptions, but I have a lot of yards."

Starting at both cornerback and wide receiver since his freshman season at The Breck School in Minneapolis, McNeal made his mark as a sophomore with 57 receptions for 701 yards and four touchdowns. After that strong showing, he hit the summer camp circuit where he caught the eye of several colleges.

"I went to camps at Nebraska, Colorado, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the Elite Showcase in Chicago," he said, it was at those camps that he received his first few offers, "I have offers from Nebraska, Colorado and Minnesota."

The 6'2, 180-lb McNeal recorded at 4.45 forty yard dash at the Nebraska camp and in addition to the Cornhuskers, Gophers and Buffaloes, has a number of schools contacting him and showing him interest.

"I'm hearing from Illinois, Michigan State and Iowa a lot, probably the most actually. Also, Wisconsin, Notre Dame a lot, I hear from Stanford, Duke, Purdue, Wake Forest, Florida here and there, Connecticut and Kentucky."

McNeal says the bulk of those schools are recruiting him as a wide receiver. With that much mail coming his way, the talented youngster knows he will have a tough decision ahead of him and while he doesn't have an early leader, he does know the criteria he is looking for in not only a football team but in a school.

"Right now, I like Louisville, I like Iowa, but I don't really know, I'm confused," McNeal confessed, "I know I'm looking for education. I want to be a dentist. Also where it's at, I'd like to stay close to home, but I don't want to be in the cold either, so I'm open to anything right now."

With his school's season coming to a close, the opportunity has opened up for him to possibly take some visits and see his potential suitors first hand.

"Went to Iowa for a game when they played Syracuse, that's the only one I've been able to go to because we play on Saturdays sometimes."


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