Mississippi's Top OL Down to 3
Why did McNeil choose to eliminate the Gators and Trojans?
"I never thought about how far it was out to USC until I had to fly 5 hours to get there. I also didn't feel as if I really fit in out there. I'm a southern boy and it just wasn't my type of atmosphere. As for the Gators, I really liked Florida and I love Coach Wickline and Coach Zook but I want to make a decision before Christmas and they still don't have a coach yet."
What has kept the Tigers, Bulldogs and Volunteers still in the running?
LSU: "They won the National Championship last year and they've only lost 2 games this year. They only have 1 senior on offense and they are building some new facilities."
Mississippi State: "I think Coach Croom has really turned that program in the right direction and I'm pretty comfortable up there already because I know a lot of the players."
Tennessee: "I really don't know a whole lot about them but I go there in two weeks. I like Coach Stephens and Coach Fulmer and they have some nice facilities from what I remember when I went up there a few years ago."
What will separate one of these teams from the other two when it comes time to make a decision?
"I would probably just say my overall comfort factor and how early I can play. I really don't want to play my true freshman year because you're playing against men on the offensive line who are a lot older than you in some cases and I've never really seen a true freshman do that well in his first season."