Pack an Option For McNeil?

Pack Pride checks in with Durham (NC) Hillside tight end Josh McNeil and has the latest on where NC State fits in.

There's a decent chance that Durham Hillside's four-star tight end Josh McNeil will be leaving the state for college.

That's not a given however, especially if the coaches at NC State have anything to say about it.

There just aren't many local options for McNeil at this point. Of course, plenty of local schools would love to add the nation's No. 5 tight end to their roster. McNeil is just honest about what he thinks about those schools.

"The only in-state school that's sticking out to me is NC State," McNeil told Pack Pride, echoing comments he has made earlier in the recruiting process.

So what is it about NC State that is causing the 6-5, 240-pound tight end to think about staying close to home?

"It's mainly the love they've shown me," McNeil explained. "Me and my family have a real close relationship with NC State. The coach I've talked to mainly, for the most part at least, is Coach (Tom) O'Brien. He's been recruiting me and the whole time he's been recruiting me he's been keeping it honest with me. That's important.

"They use the tight end a great deal and they were very successful doing that this past season. I'm liking what they're doing and I'd like to see more of it."

NC State has plenty of time to make their case as McNeil doesn't plan on making a decision for a while. In fact, he would like to take all of his officials first.

He may not end up taking an official to NC State. With schools like Alabama, Florida and others pushing hard for him to visit he may want to use those officials to visit schools that aren't as close to home.

"The biggest thing will be playing time and how much love the coaching staff shows me," he said. "They need show they need me and not just want me."

As a junior, McNeil hauled in 28 receptions for 500 yards and five touchdowns en route to all-conference honors.

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