Lewis Neal is a sophomore defensive end and tight end from James B. Hunt High School in Wilson, N.C., and while it's tough to gauge, he could make a case for being one of the top Class of 2013 prospects in the state based on his performance in high school so far.
At 6-2 and 211-pounds, Neal is a physically impressive young man. He has been clocked at 4.9 seconds in the 40-yard dash, but that was a long time ago and he believes his speed has improved.
For most of Neal's freshman year he played on the junior varsity squad but he was moved up to the varsity team for the playoffs last fall. This year he has a starting role on the varsity team. Neal believes he will be primarily recruited as a defensive end, though it might be tough to project something like that so far in advance.
While contact is strictly limited by NCAA regulations, Neal has had some contact with NC State's coaches when he has been able to.
"NC State is looking at me right now," he explained to Pack Pride. "I've talked to North Carolina, ECU, Elon and others, too. I went to the NC State football camp this summer. It was good. They wanted me to go, and I had fun."
Neal said he performed well at the NC State camp and he felt very comfortable around the coaches.
"I've kept in touch with the defensive line coach," he continued. "I've already been to one of their games. I was there when they played Western Carolina. It was fun. They talked to us before the game and we ate a meal before we went on the field with the players."
When asked whether he has any favorites Neal singled out two schools.
"I like NC State and the University of Texas at Austin ... the Longhorns," he said. "I just like those two the most out of everybody."