“It felt great to get the call from them,” said Neal. “Coach [Banker] was just talking to me letting himself be known and wanted to get to know me. He basically said they need me at the defensive end position and that he would rather have me as a true freshman than redshirt.
“It wasn’t really surprising, coach (Rick) Kaczenski, coach (John) Papuchis, and coach (Bo) Pelini had also told me they would need me as a true freshman.”
Neal, who is 6-foot-7, 245 pounds, recently had surgery to clean up a small knee injury. Coach Banker did not talk scheme with the recruit, but did inform him to get ready.
“They told me they were going to get my work stuff together so I can get my body ready at a good weight,” said Neal. “They want me to be in shape when I hit campus so I can get to work.”
Neal says that nothing has changed with his commitment and while he’s not been looking around, schools have contacted him – including Oregon.
“I have an in-home visit with them on Saturday,” said Neal.
The three-star defensive end said he will have his senior year highlights done by the end of the week. In the near future, Scout.com will highlight him in our “Spotlight” series.