Neal ready for the fireworks

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The nation celebrates its independence on the Fourth of July this week. Lewis Neal will join his fellow American citizens, but he will also inform the free world of his intentions of where to play his college football.

Tennessee is a potential destination as the FOX Sports Next three-star made his way to campus just last weekend.

"It was a nice place," Neal told InsideTennessee. "It was big. I expected it to be big though. I spent the visit with coach Sal (Sunseri). You know how coach Sal is."

Sunseri was hired by head coach Derek Dooley back on Jan. 13 to be the Voluteers' new defensive coordinator after Justin Wilcox departed for Washington. UT is Sunseri's third stop in the Southeastern Conference as an assistant coach having already been at Alabama and LSU.

"He's a nice person, and I know that he can make my dreams come true for the NFL," Neal said of Sunseri. "I know that for sure. I know it's hard to make my decision off of that, but I can't off that. I've got to look at other things. But, I know he can make it happen."

Neal tweeted some video from the field level inside Neyland Stadium. He gave his thoughts on what it might be like to play in front of a packed house of roughly 103,000.

"I mean it would be amazing, but I am not basing my decision off of stadiums and all that. I'm making my decision off of stuff like how I feel at that place," he said.

So, just what does the prospect out of James B. Hunt High School in Wilson, N.C. want in a school?

"School, campus, people, how they act toward me and my family, academics, football, all of it…what feels the best," he said.

Given the 6-foot-1, 230-pounder's skills, he could fill in at any of Tennessee's linebacker positions from MIKE to JACK to SAM to WILL.

Neal wouldn't divulge any information about who his favorites or finalists are but the schools believed to be in the running alongside Tennessee are LSU, North Carolina, North Carolina State and Ohio State.

Stay tuned to FOX Sports Next this week to find out where Neal pledges.

Danny Parker is currently the Associate Editor, Recruiting Analyst and Staff Photographer for He was previously the sports editor at Shelbyville Times-Gazette. He joined the InsideTennessee team July 2011.

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