Wide Receiver Darrian McNeal

Wide receiver Darrian McNeal, 5-10, 175, Armwood HS, Seffner, Fla., committed to Oregon last month and on Friday eDuck had a conversation with him about his commitment. Here is a transcript of that conversation.

First off, congratulations on the Oregon offer and commit when did you commit and to what Coach?

Hello, thanks for reaching out, I made my commitment a few days after coach Tag (Taggart) sent me the offer.

Coach Taggart was recruiting you while he was USF correct? How long have you known each other?

Yes, I've known coach since the 10th grade.

How many offers do you currently hold? Are other coaches still reaching out to you?

Over 30 D1 offers. I still hear from coaches.

What your current height and weight?

(I’m) 5-9 165, 175 with pads on (Lol).

What position do you think you will play at the D1 level, and what weight would you like to be?

I will play wherever the coaches need me. Slot, kick returner and punt returner, maybe a little defensive back and running back. I would like to weigh no more than 190.

Players really seem to love Coach Taggart; can you give us some insight into why that is?

They love coach Tag because he's a man among men. When he talks, people listen.

Do you have a visit set up? Have you ever been to Oregon? Is distance a factor for you and your family?

Family is okay with me being away. Away is a good thing. (It) will teach me how to become a man. So they are okay. (I’ve) never seen Oregon before. Well I saw it on YouTube. That was good enough for me. Visit is Jan 13th. I’m supposed to enroll early. I'm finishing up my classes now. I got a late start because I had to de-commit from Arizona. I'm hoping I get finish this weekend so I can come to school on Jan 13 for good. If not I'll be there in March.

What was it about Oregon that got you to move on Arizona to the Ducks?

(Oregon) was a dream school of mine; Oregon or Miami, either one. Coach Tag just put it over the top.

We have never met, but you come off as a natural leader, would you say that's true?

I would say that I'm a leader. It's something that you are born with. I use to play quarterback so I guess that's where it comes from.

Since your commitment you have been open and vocal promoting Oregon, are you working on some uncommitted players to join you? Do you think there will be some surprises on signing day for the Duck fans?

Yes I have been open. I want to build something like what the University of Miami had in the early 2000's, what Bama has now. Yes, we will have some fireworks.

Oregon just offered UA commit, QB Braxton Burmeister, do you have any relationship with him? Have you guys talked lately?

Braxton, that's my boy. We are cool. He was going to be my roommate at Arizona. We talk often. I'm cool with Kaymen as well.

Kaymen Cureton?

Yes, sent his stuff to staff, Hope they pull the trigger. He has a chance to be special. I'm talking Heisman.

What are your current top 3 artists on your music playlist?

Kodak; Herb and Lucci.

What are your favorite Netflix or Hulu, excreta, series?

Don't take this the wrong way, (1) How to Get Away With Murder; very good and (2) Breaking Bad.

(Laughing) I won't. If you were to have dinner with three people alive or dead who would it be and why?

Tupac, because I could pick his mind; Deion Sanders because he's the goat, and my cousin and brother Tae because I never was able to tell him I loved him before he was shot.

Thank you and good luck in the future.

Thanks, you as well. Happy New Year. Let's win this thing. Time to put in work!



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