Quick Recovery Ahead for Neal?

Wilmington (NC) Ashley athlete Levin Neal entered his senior season with high hopes. Fresh off an impressive summer where he garnered nearly a dozen offers, Neal was looking to lead Ashley on both sides of the ball and make a case for top-10 honors in the state of North Carolina.

However, before he could play one regular season game, his year appeared to be over. Returning an interception in just the second scrimmage, Neal was tackled and suffered a terrible injury. He dislocated his ankle and broke his leg on the same play.

"There was a lot of pain at first," Levin Neal told Pack Pride. "Right now I'm doing fine though. All the pain and everything is gone."

Discouraged initially by the injury, Neal is now optomistic that he can return this season and help his squad reach the state playoffs.

"Oh no, I'm supposed to be back," he said. "I had surgery, and they put eight screws into my leg. It's suppose to heal pretty fast though, and I may be back by the [Wilmington] Hoggard game."

Because his injury occured prior to the September contact period, most of the schools recruiting him may not yet know about it and he's unsure if it will affect their decision to continue pursuing him. However, one program has already let it be known that they are going to stay after Neal and just as hard as ever.

"The colleges are not allowed to call until September 1st so I dont know yet," he said. "I don't think a bunch of colleges know yet about the injury. The only one I talked to was NC State, and they let me know that my scholarship is still there. That meant a lot because I talked to them right after it happened."

With offers from programs such as Clemson, Maryland, NC State, Virginia Tech, UNC, Duke and Wake Forest, Neal's not ready to focus on one school just yet.

"I'm not really focusing on just one school at this point," he said. "I want to see how they all react first, but right now I like NC State, Georgia and Florida State. That's my top three."

Levin plans on taking his official visits and will likely wait until "the last minute" before announcing his decision.


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