Alim McNeill

DE Alim McNeill talks Duke, NC State visits

Defensive end Alim McNeill has visited Duke and NC State this month and Scout caught up with the Raleigh (N.C.) Sanderson standout.

Alim McNeill is one of the hottest prospects in North Carolina.

Over the past few months, his recruitment has exploded, and he is approaching 20 scholarship offers. 

One of those schools is Duke and he visited a few weeks ago.

"The visit went great," said the 6-foot-3, 270-pound McNeill. "We didn't take a tour, but I spoke to every coach. Speaking to the coaches was my favorite part and we just talked football. They also told me they really want me there and that they see me doing big things for them. I'm going to go back and visit again for one of their spring practices.

"I spent the most time with (defensive line) coach (Ben) Albert and we got along really well. He's a great guy and feels like I can help them build on something special at Duke.

"I also had a chance to speak with coach (David) Cutcliffe. We talked about how Duke can set me up for the rest of my life and I'd have a great opportunity there."

His most recent visit was NC State this past weekend.

"The State visit was great as well," said McNeill, who also holds an offer from the Wolfpack. "We did a full campus tour and it was very intriguing. That was my favorite part of the visit. The scenery was great. I'm going to visit again sometime in the next few weeks.

"I was with (defensive line) coach (Kevin) Patrick the most. He just got there and it was my first time meeting him, but he's a great guy.

"I was able to talk to coach  (Dave) Doeren, too, and that meant a lot. He told me he really wants me at NC State and that he feels like I could thrive there."

McNeill claims no favorites and plans to narrow his list of schools towards the end of football season. He hopes to make his decision sometime in January.

He finished his junior campaign with 84 tackles, including 18 for loss and six sacks, an interception, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

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