Pack Leads Early for Neal

NC State has taken a commanding lead for Wilson (NC) Hunt junior defensive end Lewis Neal. Pack Pride has the latest on his recruitment.

Rising junior defensive end Lewis Neal is leaning to NC State early and that's big news for the Pack.

It's big news because Neal, a 6-2, 220-pound defensive end from Wilson (NC) James Hunt, may be one of the top junior prospects in the state.

Neal has already camped at NC State twice this summer so the coaches are very familiar with him.

"One camp was (Saturday) and the other one was whenever the first one (camp) was. I talked with Coach (Tom) O'Brien and I always talk to Coach (Keith) Willis.

"They're just telling me to keep doing what I'm doing and hopefully someday I'll be playing there. Coach O'Brien was asking me what my major will be and stuff like that. I know they're going to offer me down the road."

If that happens the Pack would prove to be very difficult to beat.

"They're my number one right now," he explained. "My grandma tells me that when I was young I said I was going to be going there (to NC State). That's what she tells me."

Neal has also camped at Alabama and North Carolina. He will be camping at Virginia Tech. If anyone can manage to overtake the Wolfpack in this recruiting battle it would probably have to be the Crimson Tide, at least the way things are looking now.

"Alabama went good. It's different down there, the way they do things. The atmosphere is just different. I got to see all the people from down there. I'm from North Carolina so it was good to see people from different places, going against some different competition," he said. "It made me feel good because they liked me.

"Coach Smart said he liked what he saw from me. I got to see a little of their facilities but not really the stadium."

In fact, Neal is very open about what it would take for someone to take the top spot from the Pack.

"It would probably take something like Alabama offering me," he said. "I'd have to think really hard about that if it happens."

Neal said his trip to UNC also went well. He spent a lot of time with Ken Browning, but it appears as though the Heels are trailing the Pack for now.

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