Pack Still Looks Strong for Neal

Pack Pride checks in with Wilson (NC) Hunt junior defensive end Lewis Neal and has the latest on his recruitment.

Lewis Neal is one of the top junior pass rushers in the state of North Carolina and the Wolfpack has already extended a verbal offer.

At 6-2 and 220-pounds, Neal is off to a strong start this year and is solidifying his status as one of the best in 2013 from North Carolina. The Wilson (N.C.) Hunt standout estimates that he is registering eight or nine tackles a game, though he's not sure of his exact stats.

"We're undefeated," Neal explained. "We're 7-0 and we've got homecoming this week. It's gonna be crazy. Somebody on the other team is committed to NC State."

Neal is referring to Josh Sessoms, the 6-3, 185-pound safety from Bailey (N.C.) Southern Nash. It's not that Neal and Sessoms are bitter rivals. Far from it, actually.

"I know him pretty well," Neal said. "We know each other really well actually. We've talked about (playing together in college) but I'm really not going to base my choice off playing with a friend in college. I'm going to do what's best for me."

NC State appeared to be a huge leader for Neal earlier in the process. The junior has backed off that claim somewhat but still appears very high on the Wolfpack.

"They've told me they've offered me," he said of NC State. "I heard that from Coach (Keith) Willis. We talk whenever we get a chance, basically. We talk when I go to the games. I've been to all the home games except for the Central Michigan game so far.

"I'm real interested in them. I just like it a lot there. It's a great place to be. The atmosphere is good too."

Neal is being recruited as a defensive end and he will start to look the part more as he continues to grow and hits a college weight program.

Another school from the ACC is highly interested in Neal, though they haven't offered.

"I'm hearing from Virginia Tech too," he noted. "They're just waiting on my junior film and then when they get it they're going to offer me basically. That's just going from what they've said.

"I don't really have any favorites right now. I've got to get into the academic part of schools and look through all that."

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