Neal, a Nebraska commit, wanted to see if he connected with the OU coaches as much in person as he did on the phone, and he wanted to see what OU had to offer on the academic side of things.
Check and check as Neal came away very satisfied with his official visit so now OU plays the waiting game as Neal finishes out the rest of his scheduled visits.
“I really had a good time at Oklahoma,” Neal said. “I liked what they had to offer academically and liked the bond I had with the coaching staff.”
Leading the way with the OU coaching staff lately has been co-defensive coordinator Jerry Montgomery. It was Montgomery who made the offer last month, and it’s Montgomery who has made a nice connection with Neal and his family.
That connection only got stronger during the visit with Neal and his mother and stepfather. Montgomery could visit Neal and his father later this week although Neal said the details are still being worked out.
Neal’s host for the weekend was defensive end Charles Tapper, and Neal said the junior from Baltimore showed him a great time.
“He said he was looking forward to me becoming a Sooner,” Neal said. “What he said and what a lot of the guys at the university said is how excited they are about someone like me coming in, working hard and getting a chance to play as a freshman.”
Neal said it was key for him to be able to see the academic side of things and said he was impressed with OU’s business program.
Neal still has trips to Nebraska and Oregon left as well as a potential trip to Iowa in the cards, but it’s obvious OU isn’t done yet. Montgomery is going to visit sometime soon, and Neal said OU coach Bob Stoops is going to visit Monday night for an in-home visit.
“Nothing has changed because of the visit,” said Neal about his perception of OU. “It met my expectations, and I had a great time.”
There was a question about whether or not OU would be full at defensive end after landing two more linemen since Neal’s offer, but it is apparent how much OU and Montgomery love Neal’s 6-foot-7 frame and his speed athleticism that goes with it.
It’s not fair to say OU is his favorite, but without question, the Sooners did everything right with Neal last weekend.
“Now I just have to see the details and see where I fit best,” Neal said.