Neal Recaps Recent Visit

NC State was the first school to extend an offer to Wilson (NC) Hunt defensive end Lewis Neal but since the junior's recruitment has exploded. He talks with Pack Pride about his visit to Raleigh last week.

Several weeks ago not much was known about Lewis Neal.

Now the Wilson (NC) Hunt junior defensive end is all over the headlines and it seems like he's getting new offers just about every day.

While schools outside the state like Vanderbilt, Ohio State, Purdue, Clemson, South Carolina and Tennessee have made early scholarship offers, the schools on Tobacco Road, like NC State, Wake Forest and North Carolina especially, are in good shape because of their proximity and his comfort level with those programs.

Neal doesn't have any favorites yet but he's made it a point to spend some time in Raleigh and Chapel Hill. Most recently he was on hand at the RBC Center watching the Wolfpack take on the Tar Heels on the hardwood.

"It was a good game even though they (State) lost," Neal told Pack Pride. "Still, it was good. I thought it was a lot of fun, and I had a good time."

Because it was a mid-week visit, Neal didn't have a chance to spend a lot of time in Raleigh but the trip did give him a chance to see the Wolfpack faithful up close and personal.

"The environment was crazy," Neal said. "I talked to some of the fans and it was crazy. I was just with my boys, Tyquan Lewis and Connor Mitch. We all had a good time.

"I got to talk to Coach Petercuskie and Coach Willis. It was mostly those two I was talking to. We were just chilling and stuff like that."

Neal also took a recent trip to North Carolina, which also went well, and was scheduled to visit Wake Forest this past weekend. After that he's hoping to visit the Palmetto State schools, Clemson and South Carolina.

"When I take all my visits I'll start to narrow it down. I'll be doing all the visits now, in the spring, in the summer ... all the way through (the fall). When I'm done taking all of them I'll be ready to make my decision."

Are any schools standing out?

"Not really but I'm still doing research," he responded. "I'm talking to all the coaches and getting to know them a little bit. I'm just asking them questions to see how they feel about some things. I just want coaches to be real with me. I can tell which ones tell me what they think I want to hear and who's being real with me.

"I ask them how they would best use me if I came to their school. I ask them how they would put me in the best place to succeed. I ask them how their practices are and I ask the position coach if they have fun. I just want the truth."

The 6-2, 211-pound defensive end is sure to be ranked among the top prospects in the state from 2013.

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