NC State hasn’t been recruiting Moe Neal as much as some other schools lately but the Gastonia RB/DB believes that is just a natural part of the deal. He expects that to change because they have demonstrated their interest in the past.
Neal still talks to Eddie Faulkner every once in a while but he said the last time the two of them had a good talk was about two or three weeks ago. That is not long enough to be a concern for Neal and it especially is not when he thinks about what time of year it is.
“I guess you could say it’s because they’re busy with spring ball. I’m still looking at them.”
NC State likes Neal on offense. They are not sure if Neal (5-11, 170) would be a better fit at running back or receiver but Neal's performance at the Pack's camp last summer makes wideout a more likely optiion for State. Last year’s assortment of running back commitments could dominate the depth chart for the next few years but the Wolfpack has left open that position as a place Neal could play too.
Even Neal said his understanding is they would want him as more of a receiver. He is okay with that. Neal has shown he can catch the ball and he is more of an in space player than an inside runner as a running back. He would be more comfortable making that move than most running backs.
Duke, Wake Forest and Ohio State are schools that have been recruiting Neal a little more than NC State in the month of March. Ohio State has not offered but their coaches have told Neal they are looking at him as a defensive back project. Their conversations have mostly been online.
Neal last visited Duke when they played North Carolina in football. Duke is a nice option in Neal’s mind because coaches David Cutcliffe, Scottie Montgomery and Jeff Faris have related to him on a person to person level. Wake Forest has made Neal feel like he is one of their most important recruits and that is something he appreciates about their approach. He was at Wake Forest one month ago. Georgia Tech is the next school Neal will visit and he plans on making that drive this weekend.
When NC State picks up the intensity with Neal again he said there is a good chance he will visit the school again. He has not been to NC State since they played Old Dominion last football season.
“The main thing that I like about State is the atmosphere. I like the atmosphere and I like the coaching staff. I like Coach Faulkner. He’s a real cool guy and we have a relationship that’s built up. I had a good relationship with the receiver coach but he’s gone now. That was a good relationship. I think when I get up there more times I’ll come to like it more. I just haven’t had a chance to visit too much.”
Moving to receiver or another position would be a transition for Neal but it is one he is willing to make. The last three years for Gastonia he has rushed for a total of more than 3,000 yards with his best year by far being last season when he eclipsed 2,000. He would not have a steep hill to climb in moving to slot receiver because Neal had 32 catches as a freshman, 70 catches as a sophomore and 35 catches last year. Neal’s sophomore season was his most balanced as a running back/receiver but last year was his most productive across the board.