The 6-foot-2, 190-pound athlete was offer by the Wildcat staff in the beginning of the summer and since has kept in close contact with his recruiter, Andre Coleman, who has lead the Kansas State recruiting charge in the Greater Atlanta area.
"Coach Coleman came to see me during spring practice," Neal told KStateFans.com. "We talk at least once every week. I was supposed to visit at the end of June but I've had so much going on with football at my high school. We talked about me playing safety, working my way on the field through special teams. Ty Zimmerman is a pre-season All-American [at Kansas State] and he sees me in the same mold. When Coach Coleman first saw my highlight film, he thought I was a linebacker with my physicality. He was impressed that I could play like a linebacker but have ball skills like a skill position player.
"I'm definitely interested in Kansas State. They were number two in the nation before they lost late in the season. I could be one of those pieces they were missing to help them get to the National Championship game."
Neal was a key contributor on a state championship (Georgia Class AA) in 2012. He had 45 tackles and three interceptions on defense and 35 catches for 538 yards and five touchdowns at wide receiver. The performance has garnered heavy recruiting attention and 13 D-1 offers from schools including Cincinnati, East Carolina, USF, Southern Miss, UCF, West Virginia, and West Virginia.
"Academics are the main thing I'm looking for in a college," he said. "I'll be playing football for the next four to five years, but nothing after that is guaranteed. With a good education I could be set for the rest of my life. I want to be a part of a program with a good family environment around campus. I don't want to be on a team that has a lot of hazing but with players who I enjoy being with with good camaraderie among the teammates."
Neal said he has only been to nearby Georgia Tech for a camp this summer due to football obligations at Buford. He said his schedule is lightening up in the next month and plans to make some visits starting with a possible trip to Stanford this weekend. He said he hopes to make it to the Little Apple in the coming weeks before the start of his senior year.