Wolfpack Lands Super In-State Talent

Wilmington (NC) Ashley athlete Levin Neal committed to NC State this weekend on his official visit.

Levin Neal is one of North Carolina's premier skill position players, doubling as a cornerback and wide receiver for Ashley High School. He ripped off a 4.25 40-yard dash at the Charlotte Shrine Bowl combine, the fastest time at the event, and now prepares for the upcoming game.

He talked with Pack Pride about his official visit, where he was hosted by Wolfpack corner A.J. Davis.

"The visit went real good," Neal said. "It went so good that I committed. The coaches said they were excited about having me, and I'll have a chance to play next year."

Neal reported offers from Clemson, Virginia Tech, Maryland, NC State, North Carolina, Duke, Wake Forest, and East Carolina prior to choosing the Wolfpack.

On his official he was able to meet with Wolfpack head coach Chuck Amato and the other NC State coaches.

"I talked with Coach Amato, and he was excited," Neal said. "He talked about me playing wide receiver and maybe some on nickel next year.

"I just liked all the coaches. The strength coach talked about me working with him a lot, and I met my position coach, Doc Holliday."

What was the biggest factor in his decision?

"The biggest factor was how close it is to home," Neal added. "My dad owns a business down in Wilmington and he feels the same way. Two hours isn't far enough for him to come see me play."

Levin also met the state's top prospect, Toney Baker, while in Raleigh. Baker was also in town for an official visit.

"Toney Baker was up there with me," he said. "He was real cool, a lot cooler than I thought he would be because of how good he's suppose to be. We talked for a while about the visit and playing in the Shrine Bowl."

Neal's teammate, Geron James, is also considering the Wolfpack and will visit NC State next weekend. Could they be a package deal?

"It's up in the air with Geron because I think he's going to take a visit to Georgia," Neal said. "He's real interested in them, but it's a good chance that he's going to State."

Now that his commitment is behind him, Neal can just concentrate on his senior year at Ashley.

"It feels good," he said. "I don't have to worry about it anymore."

Neal is an excellent student in the classroom and carries a 3.4 grade point average. He will be fully qualified to play as a freshman.


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