Offensive line was a strength of SMU’s 2014 recruiting class, but just one of the Mustangs’ 11 commits for 2015 is an offensive lineman.
Several uncommitted offensive linemen hold SMU offers, and one of them is Madison High School’s (San Antonio) Marcus McNeil, who picked up an offer from SMU in early June.
“I’ve been corresponding with the offensive line coach (Wes Suan),” McNeil said. “And I’m going up on an unofficial visit at the end of this month.”
SMU is McNeil’s only offer, and he previously told PonyStampede that he has a “medium to high” level of interest. He has a lot of family in Dallas and said he briefly saw SMU, but he has visited a couple other schools as well.
”I’ve visited Duke, I actually went to one of their football camps,” McNeil said. “I was at the (Oklahoma State) camp too. OSU was talking to me a bit. New Mexico wanted me to go out there; they kept messaging on Facebook asking if I’m going to other camps.”
Despite the interest from New Mexico, McNeil doesn’t plan to go to Albuquerque to visit.
“It’s not really one of my top schools,” he said. “If they offered me maybe (I’d go), but I’m not going to go travel somewhere super-duper far to somewhere that hasn’t offered me or talked about offering me.”
McNeil says he has had discussions about an offer with Arizona State. Even though he was unable to attend their camp they still remain interested.
“He wants to look at my development during the first couple games in the fall, and then we’ll go from there.”
However, none has had much communication with him. McNeil also has family in the Boston area, so he has seen the Boston College campus.
“UCLA is my number one school now,” said McNeil. “I haven’t received much contact from them. I’ve gotten a letter, but that was it. But it has always been one of my favorite schools."
"Boston College is beautiful and I’m really interested in their football program, even though it may not be one of the best on earth.”
McNeil said he wants to experience the recruiting process, so he won’t be making a decision in the near future. He also said he hopes to pick up a couple more offers during the season.
“I really want to go through the recruiting process, I don’t want to just commit and end it right there,” he said. “I won’t make any decisions until towards the end of the season because the school I play for (Madison), we always end up going far into the playoffs. Some (teammates) got offers from big schools during the playoffs.”
McNeil said his biggest goal for his senior year is to help Madison’s entire offensive line play well together. Madison just hired a new coach, so as a senior and returning starter, McNeil will likely have a big leadership role.
“My primary focus is the cohesiveness of our offensive line. I’m the only returning starter, so it’s important we have the line together. (I want) my team to have a strong bond.”
McNeil played left guard last season and said he will do the same this season. He is 6-foot-3 and 304 pounds.