McNeal Pulls The Trigger For The Tigers

Auburn picked up a commitment from a talented defensive back on Saturday.

College Park, Ga.--It has been on his mind for weeks since leaving Auburn's 7on7 passing tournament in June, but finally Demetruce McNeal pulled the trigger on Saturday as he committed to the Auburn Tigers. A 6-1, 190 defensive back, McNeal says all that he needed to do was talk with Coach Gene Chizik to finalize the decision.

"I talked to Coach Chizik and we discussed a few things," McNeal says. "He asked if this is really what I wanted. I told him that I wanted it and today I chose to commit. I'm officially saying my recruiting days are over and I'm committing to Auburn University."

Saying the Tigers were his leader since that camp visit, McNeal notes there's a lot to like about Auburn at the moment and he's happy to have his decision over with and can now look forward to his senior season.

"I talked to all the coaches and they said they needed help at defensive back," McNeal says. "They said they're only going to sign one safety and I'm the safety that they wanted. I told them I was going to commit and once I talked to Coach Chizik I would make a decision. I told everyone I was going to make my decision today and it's finalized."

McNeal joins fellow Banneker High teammate Shaun Kitchens as an Auburn commitment while his brother DeMarco McNeal was camping at Georgia on Saturday and could get an offer from the Bulldogs. Another teammate Tres Houston also camped at Auburn on Saturday and is an impressive defensive back in his own right. McNeal says it could make for some interesting match ups down the road if everything falls into place.

"That's what I want," McNeal says when asked if he looked forward to possibly playing against his brother. "We've been on the same team since we were little. I've been looking forward to playing against him. That's what we're going to get to do.

"I'm glad I committed with a teammate," he adds of Kitchens. "I'm hoping to bring my other teammate over with me Tres Houston. We'll try to get that worked out and it will be good."

Choosing Auburn over South Carolina, West Virginia and several more schools, McNeal says he's glad to be able to move forward and concentrate on his senior season of football and also in the classroom.

"It feels good," McNeal says. "I can keep an eye on one school. I don't have to keep traveling and go from place to place. Now I just want to get my school work done and get it over with and come to Auburn University next year."

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