4-star Neal Gets ND Visit, Will Make ND Visit

Chaparral High is fresh off a state title and a 14-1 mark, and a big part of it was four-star athlete Davonte Neal. He was visited by Notre Dame on Sunday, and his first official visit will be to South Bend, Ind.

A 14-1 season and a state championship are now on Davonte' Neal's resume, and he is ready to put all that aside and begin what promises to be a two-month whirlwind recruiting tour.

It began Sunday when Notre Dame assistant Kerry Cooks made an in-home visit to the Chaparral High (Scottsdale, Ariz.) four-star athlete, and the presence of the Irish will continue in the coming weeks.

"Notre Dame will be the first official," said Davonte's father, Luke Neal. "I'm just not sure of the date, but it will be the first official. They are talking about the banquet (the weekend of Dec. 9). That's what we're trying to shoot for.

"Coach Kerry Cooks came to town (Sunday) and we met with him and did an in-house visit. It was a great time for him and Davonte to finally get a chance to meet each other and get to talk, and sit down so Davonte could ask questions and coach Cooks could answer, and vice versa."

Assistant coaches are allowed to make one visit per week to a prospect, so the Irish will be making regular stops in the desert.

"Washington is coming in on Tuesday, and Notre Dame is going to come back next week with (assistant) coach Tony Alford, and Utah wants to come in," Luke Neal said. "It's time for him to get on the recruiting trail and begin deciding where he wants to go to his education, and as far as his athletics."

Arizona and Arizona State are not in the mix for the 5-foot-10, 180-pound Neal, but his list remains extensive and includes, LSU, Auburn, Boston College, North Carolina and USC.

Luke Neal said he doesn't know which other schools will get an official visit from his son, but that should be known in the next week.

"He normally takes about six weeks off after he's over with football," Luke Neal said. "He's got the Under Armor game, so he's only going to take one week off. Notre Dame is going to come back next week because they want to watch him workout. If they're coming down, we might as well give them a show."

It will be hard to match what Neal, the sixth-rated cornerback in Scout.com's 2012 class, did on the field while leading the Firebirds to a 14-1 mark.

He rushed 100 times for 1,317 yards and 16 touchdowns, caught 62 passes for 1,113 yards and 14 scores, averaged 26.6 yards on eight punt returns (two touchdowns) and averaged 39.4 yards on 10 kickoff returns (three touchdowns).

Also, Neal made 31 tackles and had 12 pass breakups.


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