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Bulldogs target South Gate two-way athlete Jamaal Neal

Get the latest scoop on one of the recruits offered by Fresno State Head Coach Jeff Tedford's new staff.

Fresno State football has gone after another UNLV commit, as Jamaal Neal of Los Angeles, Calif., South Gate became the latest Rebel-to-be to land an offer from the Bulldogs on Dec. 16.

Neal, who finished his senior year with 1,234 rushing yards, 788 receiving yards and 24 touchdowns on offense plus two interceptions on defense, joins fellow UNLV commit Johnny Balderas of Bakersfield-Liberty as the two current Rebel commits who are officially on the Bulldog staff’s 2017 recruiting board.      

And the offer excites the 6-foot-2, 210-pounder.

“I like their idea of starting fresh and new,” Neal told Scout. “The coaches also mentioned that every position is open for grabs to whomever is the best fit. That grabs my attention the most because I'm an incoming freshman and that gives me a better shot at playing than sitting behind someone.”

Neal added that new linebackers coach Bert Watts extended the scholarship offer to him, making FS Neal’s second offer. While Neal has shined as a running back, the Bulldogs are envisioning him stuffing running backs and stopping passing plays.

“Outside linebacker is what they offered me for,” Neal said. “Talking to some of the FS coaches is like talking to uncles or something: They were relaxed and honest with me and I appreciated that.”

Neal verbally committed to the Rebels over the summer, but now says “with my other offer I am keeping my options open to FS and any other school that may come along to see what they may have to offer me.”


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