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Things continue to heat up by the day on the recruiting front for Minneapolis Breck WR, Bryce McNeal. The Louisville Cardinals were the most recent to jump into the scholarship fray, taking the youngster’s offer tally to nine. There are still other programs showing interest, and many of them could be on the verge of extending offers as well. That said, if they hope to be in the mix for this talented pass catcher past the spring, they act quickly since he is aiming to trim his list to five contenders next month.
One program that is a virtual lock to make the cut is the University of Michigan. After his visit to Ann Arbor last week, the Wolverines already strong stock got stronger.
“They went up,” McNeal said. “They’re already… they went up… lets just put it that way. I think things went well. Very well. I liked it a lot. The experience was a lot different from other places I’ve been. I wasn’t going to make a decision there because my whole family hasn’t checked it out but it’s obviously one of my top schools.”
The combination of strong academics and athletics at Michigan was one of the primary selling points for the Maize & Blue, but an even bigger imprint may have been left by the people he interacted with on the trip.
“I really liked the coaching staff,” said McNeal. “Usually you find one or two coaches on a staff that you like. It’s fairly rare that you get along with all of them. You sit down and talk to all of (the coaches at Michigan) and they help you out. It’s not all football with them. We talked with Coach Rodriguez for maybe an hour to and hour and a half. We talked about everything… what I wanted to major in, football, facilities, why I’m getting recruited, who else he is looking at, family… we talked about everything. We also talked to the strength coach (Mike Barwis). He’s a great guy. He was real nice. He made me want to start working out right then!”
The question on the minds of many Michigan fans is when will McNeal be back in the Great Lake State? There was some discussion about a visit this coming weekend, but at this point it appears his next trip will be to a program out west.
“I had been planning to go to USC and North Carolina, but I’m pushing those dates back,” he said. “I’m going to visit USC April 12th and April 13th while I’m in California. I’ll probably go to Carolina later that month or early May.”
McNeal is tentatively scheduled to return to Ann Arbor with members of his family on either April 17th or April 18th.
Stay tuned to GoBlueWolverine for more on Bryce McNeal in the coming days.