Texas Speedster Wowed by Missouri Offer

Athlete Kenric McNeal of Spring, Tex., has already begun to receive major college interest, but a personal invite from Missouri was an eye-opener for the dynamic playmaker, serving as yet another example of how quickly and dramatically MU's recruiting prestige has swollen.

McNeal received a letter approximately a month ago asking him to call MU assistant Brian Jones.
"He said they liked the way I play and My attitude, and that I would fit right into their program. He said they had an offer waiting for me," said McNeal, a 6-1, 170-pound junior speedster who runs the 40-yard dash in the mid-4.3 range.

"I was excited. I mean, the coach from Missouri calling me? I mean, I'm just 16," he said. "Not many people from my school get to talk to people like that."

McNeal played quarterback on his high school team last year, when he threw for 1,434 yards and nine touchdowns. On the ground, he had 411 yards and five touchdowns. But he's being recruited at wide receiver, a position at which Mizzou has quite a bit to offer prospects.

"I've been looking into them ever since I talked to them. They seem like they have a pretty good offense and some good quarterbacks coming in, and they're going to get better," he said. "I watch college football every weekend. They've got a good football team."

McNeal also holds offers from Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Houston, Ole Miss and Arizona. He said Missouri is a school of major interest for him and that he plans to visit soon, though he hasn't set a date yet.

McNeal also plays baseball and football and runs track. Last year he set the school record for stolen bases, and so far he's taken first in every single individual track event in which he's competed.

"My burst [is what recruiters like]," he said. "My biggest strength is probably just getting into the open field and getting past defenses and making plays."

He's not too shabby in the classroom either, where he plans to study to become a computer engineer.

"School always comes first in my house. If I didn't have good grades, my father wouldn't let me play football," McNeal said.

McNeal has not timetable for his decision, though he could make an early commitment. He's also not overly concerned with location. InsideMizzou.com will keep you posted…

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