Neal Headed to the SEC

On Wednesday, Hunt High (Wilson, N.C.) defensive end/linebacker Lewis Neal became the state's latest major prospect to decide to play college football in the SEC. In front of a large hometown audience, Neal committed to the LSU Tigers.

It is becoming more and more common for the best players in North Carolina to leave their home state to play college football. On Wednesday, Lewis Neal joined the growing list of players from The Tar Heel State who decide to head elsewhere to play college football.

"I have committed to LSU," said Lewis Neal. "I loved my visit down there – it sells itself. I just wanted to be different from other athletes in Wilson. Being from such a small town, I had a chance to make history, and that was big for me. Overall, I just felt like it was the best place for me."

Is recruiting completely over for Neal?

"I'm done," he said. "But I might take some official visits."

The 6-foot-2, 235-pound Neal will be able to help the Tigers in several areas. While they are recruiting him to play defensive end, he has the athletic ability and skill set to play linebacker. He could also be a contributor on special teams. Neal is a three-star prospect and the No. 40 middle linebacker in the country.

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