UofL, UK offer Georgia running back

Heated rivals Louisville and Kentucky are set to battle for the services of Rajion Neal, a powerful 5-foot-11, 202-pound running back from Tyrone (GA) Sandy Creek. InsideTheVille.com spoke with the talented Georgia running back and has the scoop.

Rajion Neal picked up offers last week from Louisville and Kentucky – the powerful Tyrone, Ga. running back's eighth and ninth offers.

"I'm excited and very fortunate," Neal said of the two offers. "They're two good schools and I was excited to hear they want me to come and play for their programs."

As for Louisville, Neal said he likes that the Cardinals run a similar offense to the one his high school team runs. "I know Louisville runs the style of offense that we run, which is the Power-I where I have a fullback in front of me as a lead blocker," Neal said. "I know they've always had a good program."

Neal also likes what he's seen from Kentucky's offense the past few seasons. "I know Kentucky runs more of a spread-offense but they do get the tailback the ball," Neal said. "They hand if off, throw it out of the backfield – anything just to get their playmakers the ball."


Louisville and Kentucky both offered
Georgia RB Rajion Neal.

Neal said he hadn't had any contact with Louisville prior to receiving the Cardinals offer in the mail last week. "I didn't know that Louisville was at our spring game to see me play," Neal said. "The spring game was last (week). I did good. I went for over 100 yards and I had one run that was over 80 yards for a touchdown."

Though Neal hasn't heard from Louisville yet, he has developed a strong relationship with Kentucky offensive coordinator Joker Philips. "Kentucky actually came down to school and watched me practice during the spring," Neal said. "We talked a couple of times on the phone. I talk to Joker Philips. He seems down to earth and knows what he's doing. He seems like a cool person – somebody I could be a part of his organization for four years."

Neal said he didn't know who is recruiting him from Louisville.

With offers from Louisville, Kentucky, Southern Miss, Tulane, Southern Miss, East Carolina, Middle Tennessee, Troy and Western Kentucky, Neal said he's not ready yet to talk favorites. "Right now I don't want to name favorites because I haven't visited everybody," said Neal. "I'm just trying to keep an open mind and not burn bridges. I'm just trying to go through the recruiting process and enjoying it."

As a junior, Neal rushed for almost 1,000 yards despite missing several games because of an ankle injury. Now, healthy, evidenced by his strong performance in his schools spring game last week, Neal is seeing his recruitment pick-up this spring.

Though Neal didn't make any visits during the spring, he does plan to see a few schools this summer and hopes to make a college decision before the start of his senior year. "I plan on going to the Florida camp, and I want to go to Auburn and Kentucky," Neal said. "I'm thinking about making a decision this summer."

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