McNeil Brings Physical Presence to Backfield

Running back Daronte McNeil is one of the most highly touted freshmen enrolling at East Carolina this fall, and he believes he can have an immediate impact.

Running back Daronte McNeil is one of the most highly touted freshmen enrolling at East Carolina this fall, and he believes he can have an immediate impact.

At 6-1 and 233-pounds, the graduate of Northeastern High School in Elizabeth City, N.C. might not have breakaway speed, but he makes up for it with his physicality. Defenders have a hard time bringing McNeil down, and he has the ability to eat up a lot of yards between the tackles. With offers from schools like Penn State, Louisville, Virginia and Virginia Tech, what struck him about East Carolina?

"I just felt at home when I was at ECU," said McNeil. "At some of the other schools I visited I didn't really feel too comfortable, but they made me feel right at home. They made me feel like they really wanted me too.

"I think I can compete for playing time right away at East Carolina. When it was time to make my decision, it wasn't really that hard. I knew where I wanted to be. They had everything I was looking for." McNeil believes he can bring a lot to the Pirates' football program over the next four years.

"I'm going to do whatever the coaches tell me to do. I'll do anything to help us win some games. I'll bring it every week and leave it all out on the field, and that's all I can do."

McNeil is a three-star prospect and rated the No. 75 running back in the nation according to Scout.com. He does not know what he will major in yet, but said he is fully qualified to play in the 2007-2008 season.


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