"They offered about 30 minutes ago," Ward said this earlier this morning. "I think things are going to really start picking up for him."
"I talk to (Rutgers) every now and then," Neal said. "I know a little bit about them. (Assistant coach) Robb Smith used to come down to McKeesport."
"I don't know too much, but I know about the F.A.M.I.L.Y. – Forget About Me, I Love You," Neal said. "I'm supposed to visit there this spring. I'm planning on doing it. Right now I'm planning on doing it."
Neal was grateful for the offer from Pittsburgh, but said just because he is 15 minutes from the campus doesn't mean the Panthers are the favorite.
"I'm just weighing my options and sitting back and seeing what is going on," Neal said. "I think it's equal as far as everyone."
The only campus Neal visited was West Virginia, when he attended junior day with Wilson earlier this month. But his recruitment was slowed because he missed his sophomore season with a broken leg.
"He's a very good player," Ward said. "He's a guy that a lot of schools are going to look at."
Neal also plays fullback and running back for McKeesport, but he is being recruited to play linebacker. And while he has the versatility to play outside linebacker, Neal prefers to be in the middle.
"I like that you're directing and calling everything, like you're the man," Neal said. "I think I'm versatile and can also play outside, but I like playing in the middle."