"Even though we had a tough loss, I thought we had a pretty good year," McNeil said of the 12-1 campaign that ended in the third-round of the 5A state playoffs. "I know that I did as best that I could."
With the season and holidays now behind, McNeil has turned his attention to picking a school to continue his education and football career. This weekend the first team All-State selection will take the first of his official visits.
His trip to the River City will be the second time in as many weeks that he has visited with the Cardinal program. While Louisville was preparing for the Toyota Gator Bowl last week, McNeil made the quick trip south to Jacksonville to watch the Cardinals practice.
"I got to watch them practice when they were getting ready for their bowl game," he said. "I thought they looked pretty good and it was good to be able to see how they do their practices."
Earlier this week, McNeil received a scholarship offer from Georgia to go along with those already extended by Louisville, who was the first to offer, and Florida State.
"So far they are all even," he said of the trio.
As his begins making his visits, McNeil indicated that the academic support provided by each program will play a strong role in future decision.
"I'll look for how the school will help me academically, like what kind of academic study hall that they have set up for their players," he explained. "I want to see what kind of community that they up there too."
He added that his current plans are to wait until he returns from all of his scheduled visits before making a verbal commitment.
"Actually I'm going to wait until I take all three of these visits and then I'll probably take two or three days to talk with my family about it and then make my decision," he said.