McNeil Taking Time

Lukayus McNeil reports 15 scholarship offers from schools all over the country. He visited a Big Ten program on Wednesday and is headed out West next week. The Indianapolis tackle talks about his recruitment in this premium story.

More and more prospects verbally commit to colleges before starting their senior seasons of high school. They're trying to avoid the distractions of the recruiting process and securing their futures.

The approach isn't for everyone, however.

"Right now, I'm just going to wait and see how many offers I get and who they are from," Lukayus McNeil said. "I'm going to keep on checking out schools. After I take some visits, I'll start to eliminate some schools.

"I'll probably commit either after my season or during my season. I'm just taking my time and trying to find the right school for me."

The Indianapolis Decatur Central High standout reports 15 scholarship offers to date - Indiana, Louisville, Cincinnati, Ball State, Toledo, Western Michigan, Ohio, Bowling Green, Northern Illinois, Western Kentucky, Purdue, Kentucky, North Carolina State, Iowa and Virginia Tech.

McNeil said Indiana and Virginia Tech have been recruiting him the hardest. He visited Bloomington on Wednesday.

"It was great," McNeil said. "I liked it. They showed me around the campus. I got to chill with the players."

McNeil is scheduled to visit USC on Monday.

"I'm heading out to California hoping to get an offer," he said.

McNeil said Iowa offered him a scholarship in the spring. Assistant Eric Johnson visited his school and began building a relationship with him through Facebook. Then things fell off with the Hawkeyes.

"They offered me and then they haven't really kept in much contact," the 6-foot-7, 260-pound McNeil said. "I would love to hear from them more to learn more about the school and the program. I haven't talked to them much so I really don't know too much about them."

Schools are saying they like McNeil's intensity and physical blocking style, he said. The project tackle is interested in more than just the game.

"Academics are the most important thing for me," McNeil said. "I want to graduate from college. I don't want it to just be about football."

McNeil said he's undecided about his college major.

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