McNeal likes visit; puts Cards in top three

Marcus McNeal, a talented wide receiver from Bradenton (FL) Lakewood Ranch, made his first official visit to Louisville over the weekend. Though the speedy 6-0, 175-pound wide out still has more visits to take, the Cardinals appear well positioned to eventually land a commitment.

"It was good. I liked it," Marcus McNeal said of his visit to Louisville. "It was an exciting game. They came out a little bad the first quarter but they got it all together. I loved the stadium and atmosphere. I'd give the visit about an 8."

McNeal, one of the top wide receivers in Florida, got a first-hand look at the Louisville program during Saturday's 42-23 homecoming win over Middle Tennessee. Following his visit, McNeal had good things to say about the Louisville players and coaches.

"All the coaches and players were nice people," said McNeal, who is ranked the No. 163 wide receiver prospect in the nation. "I'm from a different state and I didn't know anybody but the coaches and players made me feel comfortable. They're nice people. The (coaches) told me that I could come in and be a big part of their offense."

McNeal said his host was redshirt freshman wide receiver Stephon Ball. Ball showed McNeal around campus over the weekend. McNeal also spent some time visiting with his sister, who lives in Louisville.

"I just took a tour around the school and hung out with the team," McNeal said. "I also spent a little time with my sister."

Will the fact that his sister lives in Louisville play a big role in his decision?

"That will play a little part but not too much," McNeal said.

Louisville appears to be well positioned with McNeal, who doesn't plan to make his college decision until after the season. The Cardinals currently sit atop McNeal's list of favorites with Big East powers West Virginia and South Florida.

"Louisville's in the top three but I'm going to take more visits," said McNeal, who runs a sub-4.5 forty. "Louisville is a school that I've liked since I was younger."

McNeal said he is also considering making official visits to West Virginia, USF, Ole Miss and Iowa State.

"I'm going to wait until after the season to take my (other) visits," said McNeal.

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