College camps are important for recruits because they get a chance to meet other players, work with coaches, and take unofficial visits around a program's facilities. J.C. had a chance to unofficially visit all three ACC programs and the Wolfpack's facilities impressed him the most.
"NC State's facilities were the best," he said. "It was just nice. They had so much stuff that I hadn't seen at any other schools yet."
Neal is one of the top prospects in South Carolina and has offers from NC State, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida State, Virginia Tech, and Clemson among others. He claims to have no favorite but several programs are standing out at the moment.
"It switches a lot because some days I like different schools but right now it's NC State, Virginia Tech, Duke, South Carolina, and Florida State," he said. "I would say that Duke is probably recruiting me the hardest."
J.C. is a versatile prospect who could excel at three positions on the next level. Primarily a running back for Lakewood (SC) High School, he pointed out that Duke likes him at running back, North Carolina prefers wide receiver, and NC State's recruiting him as a running back or slot receiver.
Does he prefer to stay at running back or is he open to another position?
"It doesn't really matter to me," he said. "Just as long as I stay on offense I don't care if it's at running back or receiver."
NC State has appealed to J.C. ever since they offered him a scholarship this spring. Running Backs Coach Dick Portee heads up Neal's recruitment and is a major reason for J.C.'s strong interest in the Wolfpack.
"At North Carolina State I really like Coach Portee," he said. "He would be my position coach if I went there and he's recruiting me for them. I liked his coaching style at camp and spent a lot of time with him on my visit afterwards."
With only one camp remaining, a July 10th visit to Virginia Tech, look for the super South Carolina prospect to try and have a decision prior to his senior season, but he admits that he's in no real rush.
"It will probably be in September sometime... I'm not really in a rush," he said. "I kind of want to leave the state. I want to see some new things and just get away from home."
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