Class of 2012 Neal Set to Announce

Four-star Chaparral High (Scottsdale, Ariz.) athlete Davonte' Neal is down to Notre Dame, Arizona, North Carolina and Arkansas, and he will announce his decision Feb. 21. IrishEyes.com has the breakdown of each school, and the details of the announcement.

Davonte' Neal is unsure where he would play at Notre Dame, but the Chaparral High (Scottsdale, Ariz.) is still ready to make his college decision.

The four-star standout will announce his college choice Feb. 21 at 9:30 a.m. at Kyrene de la Esperanza Elementary School in Phoenix. He will announce from Arkansas, Notre Dame, North Carolina and Arizona.

"He pretty much got his school," said Neal's father, Luke. "He came up with it last night, but he's locked and loaded right now and will announce it the 21st."

Neal is the last member of the Scout 100 to make his college choice, partly because he put aside the recruiting process until after his senior season ended. His first official visit was to Notre Dame in December, and it made an impression.

So much so, in fact, that even with the Irish coaching staff yet to define a role for the 5-foot-9, 180-pounder, Neal is has Notre Dame in his final four.

"Notre Dame, he has an opportunity to play there right away," Luke Neal said. "They haven't really disclosed whether it would be offense or defense, so they're kind of in limbo. They are telling him that he would play where they have a need for him, and that could be on offense or defense.

"We haven't gotten a feel for them offense or defense."

Not that defining a position at this juncture means much.

"He doesn't care where he plays," Luke Neal said. "He just wants to be on the field. He just wants to be involved. He knows even though these coaches are saying he can come in and play right away, he understands he's going to have to come in and do it himself. That doesn't faze him one bit. He's not caught up in coming in and playing right away."

Neal was multi-dimensional as a senior at Chaparral.

He rushed 100 times for 1,317 yards and 16 touchdowns and caught 62 passes for 1,113 yards and 14 scores. Defensively, Neal made 31 tackles and had 12 pass break-ups, and he also scored five special teams touchdowns.

It is that diversity that has other schools talking about allowing Neal to play on both sides of the ball.

"Arizona is really interesting because Robert (Anae) and I, the offensive line coach, him and I coached at Ricks College (now BYU-Idaho) together in Rexburg, Idaho, so we built a relationship there," Luke Neal said. "UofA told him he can play offense and return (kicks) and also play some defense as well.

"North Carolina, his grandmother lives there so it is a great situation there. He has the opportunity to play there on offense and defense, and that interests him."

Neal officially visited North Carolina but had to cancel a visit to Arizona because of the death of a close family member. He visited Ohio State but the Buckeyes are no longer in consideration. His other visit was to Arkansas.

"Arkansas is a great opportunity," Luke Neal said. "He will have the opportunity to go in and play right away. Academically, they have a great situation where he will actually be able to start on his major as a freshman, so he can go in and start right on his broadcasting major."


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