Irish Remain in Pursuit of 4-star WR Neal

Chaparral High (Scottsdale, Ariz.) four-star receiver Davonte' Neal's recruitment is quiet, but don't take that as a lack of interest by schools. The family is taking a wait-and-focus approach, and schools are following those wishes. reached out to the family for the latest on Neal, and came away with some interesting comments.

Chaparral High (Scottsdale, Ariz.) four-star receiver Davonte Neal continues to get plenty of interest from Notre Dame, but that is about as far as his dad wants the recruiting process to go at this point.

The talented 5-foot-10, 175-pound Neal is being recruited by dozens of schools as a receiver and/or cornerback, but he is not doing much with the recruiting process until late fall.

"He's focusing on his senior season right now," said Davonte's father, Luke. "He's not going to do any (list cutting) until after his football season is done. We're keeping it all away from him right now.

"We're letting him experience his senior season and have fun, and be a kid. I let him deal with all that when his season is completed."

Luke said the preference is for his son, who runs the 100 meters in 10.6 seconds, to stay fully committed to the football season, and the family is also approaching the recruiting process that way.

Although Notre Dame continues to recruit Neal, the focus is not on the process.

"I know they send information, but we haven't opened everything," the elder Neal said. "He'll look at all that stuff after the season. We're beyond the point of opening mail right now.

"He hasn't starting thinking about any colleges yet because he is trying to enjoy this last year before deciding where he's going to spent the next four years."

A big question, other than were Davonte will attend college, is his position. He is's 16th-rated receiver in the 2012 class after catching 37 passes for 907 yards and 11 touchdowns as a junior.

However, schools like his speed and physical play at cornerback as well. He made 21 tackles and intercepted five passes last season.

"There's really no set position," Luke Neal said. "Everyone is saying both. It's really up to him to make the decision."

As the recruiting process continues, one thing the Neal family appreciates is how schools have handled the situation.

"They're respecting his privacy," Luke Neal said. "They're giving him a lot of leeway. It's going to be an experience, but he needs to focus on what he needs to focus on, but all of them have been very respectful, and we appreciate it." Top Stories