UF commit says recruiting process is over

Keanu Neal is a standout linebacker prospect from South Sumter High and Scout caught up with him to discuss the latest.

Keanu Neal put his name on the recruiting map with a tremendous junior season. He finished the year with 151 tackles, four interceptions, four caused fumbles, and one defensive touchdown. Following the season he was a first team All-State pick in Class 4A.

Within a few weeks following the season, Neal started collecting some major college offers. By the time Florida offered in mid-February, he already had about a half dozen. That's when the recruiting process ended.

"I knew when Florida offered," Neal said. "I committed. I went over there for Junior Day. It's close to home. I feel comfortable in their defensive scheme. I really like the coaches and interact really well with them. I feel great about my decision and couldn't be happier about it."

Neal, 6-feet and 204 (4.67/40 at the Nike event last month), is excited about the direction of the program under second year coach Will Muschamp.

"They're gonna get better," he said. "His first year was kinda rusty but it'll get better and they're bringing in a lot of great players."

Neal took part in the IMG 7on7 tournament in Bradenton over the weekend with the central Florida team. He talked about that experience.

"I just wanted to gain relationship with players," he said. "I'm gonna be playing with some of them in the future. I wanted make it to the next level with the tournament (and they did, by making it to the final four at the event)."

With offers from schools like South Carolina, Georgia Tech, and USF, Neal says the recruiting process is over.

"No sir, I'm done with my visits," he said when asked if he planned on taking any later in the recruiting process.

Neal, who says he plans on making another visit to UF in the next week or so, talked about what he's been doing lately.

"Lately I've been doing track and weightlifting, staying in shape," he said. "I'm doing 7on7 to stay in football shape and mentality."

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