Neal 'very high' on 'Cuse after visit

Moe Neal was one of several priority targets on the Syracuse campus over the weekend. He recaps his visit inside.

Four-star running back Robert Washington was one of the headliners of the Syracuse visitors over the weekend. Not to be outdone is his friend Moe Neal, a 2016 athlete from Forestview High in Gastonia (N.C.). As much as Washington enjoyed his visit, so did Neal who was impressed by the academics as much as anything.

”My impression was that it was great,” Neal said. “The academics are very high at Syracuse. When you go to Syracuse you know you’re going to get a good degree. You know it’s $55,000 a year so you know it’s a good education.

”Those facilities, the locker room and the weight room, but also the game feel, the Dome they play in and the new practice field, it’s all great.”

Neal, Washington and the rest of the visitors took a tour of the campus. That includes the athletic facilities, academic buildings and other areas of Syracuse University. From there, it was off to the Carrier Dome to see the Orange face the top-ranked Florida State Seminoles.

”The atmosphere was great,” Neal said. “The fan base was behind them even though they’re not really doing too hot. Maybe they can get some more recruits, guys like me, Robert (Washington) and a few others and the fan base will be even more hyper on game day.

”But playing the number one team in the nation with a bunch of freshmen out there on the field, it was kind of hard. But I thought they played pretty well.”

After the game was over, Neal got a chance to speak with some of the Syracuse coaches. That includes head coach Scott Shafer, recruiting director Eric White and running backs coach DeAndre Smith.

”I liked the coaching staff,” Neal said. “Coach White, coach Smith, and all of them. They really showed us love. They want us real badly. I think we’re building a good relationship and we’re going to keep building one. So that should be nice going forward.” Photo provided by Moe Neal

The visit was Neal’s first to Syracuse. It went very well overall and left a big impression on the talented athlete.

”My interest level is very high,” Neal said. “They’re right there at the top of my list.”


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