Neal Ready to Announce

One team will be seeing additional fireworks on Wednesday as Lewis Neal plans to announce his collegiate destination live at a Wilson Tobs baseball game on the Fourth of July.

"I want to make my college decision special," Neal said. "I want to have my moment last and have a memory of it.

"The whole town always goes to this game and there are fireworks for the whole city afterwards. I'm going to go there at 2 o'clock for the pregame show – I'm going to be on TV and everything.

"And then sometime during the game, I'm going to go on the field. I'm going to have on two shirts – I'm going to take off one and I'll have the school on the other one. And then I'll put on the hat. They're going to introduce me to everybody and everybody in my town is going to be there – that's why we have to make it big."

Between now and when he announces, Neal's goal is to keep the decision as secretive as possible. To achieve that, the 6-foot-1, 232-pound defensive end from Wilson (N.C.) Hunt has only told one person his decision – his grandmother.

"[My grandmother] raised me," Neal said. "I'm very close to her."

To not tip is hand in the least, Neal won't be announcing a list of finalists.

"I'm not saying," Neal said with a laugh. "All the schools that have offered me [are under consideration]."

Nearly two dozen schools have offered Neal, including LSU, North Carolina, NC State, Ohio State, and Tennessee. He has visited every school that has offered him, except Kentucky, Purdue, and Vanderbilt. His most recent trips were to UNC, LSU, and Tennessee.

Although vague, Neal did provide some commentary on why he is choosing the school he will choose on Wednesday.

"I feel like this is the best place for me – that's the only reason," Neal said. "I'm not making it for the fans or anything or because this and that. I love everything about the place."

The Wilson Tobs are an amateur baseball team playing in the Coastal Plains League, an NCAA-sanctioned collegiate summer baseball league. Game time on Wednesday is 7 p.m.

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