"We don't have spring ball," McNeal said. "I don't know if the fall conditioning is longer. I am not even sure if 3A teams get spring ball."
"The evaluation period is still taking place and there have been coaches here to watch me work out. It's been going great. There's been a whole bunch that have been here. I can't even remember them all. I know that Texas, Texas A&M and Ole Miss came to name a few."
The coaches have had, up to recently, an opportunity to more than likely see McNeal run track. His season just finished up and it was a very successful season. He has since been invited to be part of a regional team that will take place in June.
"I did run track this past year. I just got back from state. I ran the 100m and the 4x100m. In June I will be heading to New Mexico running with the Southwest Track and Field Classic. I won the 100m in 3A. I ran a 10.45. The best time in the state was 10.42. The New Mexico thing is invite only. It is something like the Junior National team."
The track and other things this summer are kind of keeping McNeal open because he isn't sure what his schedule will look like. "I don't know what I will be doing after track and school. I don't know what my schedule is to set camp dates. I am going to go to Texas for camp when I come back from New Mexico. That is on June 11. I would like to go visit Florida. I would like to see everyone, really."
The offer list continues to grow. While he thought that he only had 10, it turns out that he is actually up to 11 now. "I am up to ten offers, I think. I can't name them all off of the bat, but I can name some of them. They're from Ole Miss, Oklahoma State, Kansas, Kansas State, TCU, Florida, Baylor, SMU, Nebraska, Arkansas and Arizona. There's 11 of them I think."
When it comes to evaluating the school the biggest keys for McNeal will be how he could see himself fitting into a school's system. He wants to be a key part of the offense and what the team is trying to achieve. "I am going to look at if I fit into their system, how they use their running back, and would if I really fit in there and fit in their process."
McNeal had a big junior campaign averaging nearly seven yards per carry and pulling in MVP honors of the district. "I had 1,556 yard rushing and 22 touchdowns. I think that I had over 700 yards receiving. I think that I averaged about seven yards per carry. I was all-state honorable mention, all-district and district MVP."
The offense that McNeal is in at James Madison is similar to what he would like to be part of in college. He wants to be involved in the passing game as much as the running game. "We run a spread offense. I run a lot of routes out of the backfield. We do run some draws, lots of sweeps and a lot of off-tackle plays. I would like to go to a place that spreads the field and uses the running back a lot of different ways."
The Nebraska offer is interesting to McNeal because not only is it is a good school, but because Nebraska has come in and offered another James Madison player. "I like Nebraska a lot. They would be a good school to go to. Also my teammate, Larry Johnson, has a Nebraska offer. I think that I would like to see Nebraska officially and unofficially."