MS lineman has Nebraska offer

Starting for two or more years in high school is quite the feat. But for some they just seem to be blessed with the talent, the size and the intelligence to start since their freshman year.

Josh McNeil is one of those people. He has helped his team over the past three years obtain a 41-2 mark. His freshman and sophomore years his Collins, Miss. team was a perfect 15-0 and won two 3A state championships. Last year was an 11-2 season that ended in the third round of the playoffs.

The 6-foot-4 and 275 pound Mississippi standout has been recognized for his individual achievements while his team has had its success on the field. As a sophomore he was All-District and as a junior he was All-District, All-Area, and All-State. Already this year McNeil has been named as a top 100 prospect by Tom Lemming.

"I guess it's my quickness and my aggressiveness that are my biggest strengths," McNeil said. Josh may be the best center in the country this year.

He is already holding six offers with the latest coming from Georgia. "They (Georgia) offered my last week, on Thursday. The first was Mississippi State."

Beyond Georgia and Mississippi State, McNeil is also holding offers from Florida, Nebraska, Oklahoma State and LSU.

McNeil isn't claiming any leaders at this time and says that he is wide open. There will be a lot of unofficials this summer and he knows what he is looking for in a college.

"I'm looking at the overall environment. I al also looking at the facilities, the coaching staff and the tradition."

Thos summer visits will start by going to the schools that he has offers from. One of the schools he will be visiting this summer will be Nebraska.

"They've (Nebraska) always had a good program. They were 9-3 last year and I think that is good. Their switching to the West Coast Offense will help them in the diversity of their offense. I hear that they have top-notch facilies and they are always in the running for a national championship."

Although coaches can't call recruits until this weekend (May 1), McNeil has initiated contact with Nebraska and has spoken to a few different coaches.

"I've spoke with the head coach Bill Callahan. I also spoke with Coach Blake and Wagner."

McNeil is fully qualified with a 3.5 GPA and he has scored a 20 on his ACT. He has a 5.1 40-yard dash time and is bench pressing 360 pounds and squats 500.


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