McNeal ready for spring game

Spring (TX) quarterback Kenric McNeal is ready for tonight's spring game, even if he didn't get to draft his best offensive lineman. Aggie Websider's David Sandhop visits with McNeal about the spring game, his recruiting process and his plans for the summer.

The Spring (TX) Lions conclude their offseason practices tonight with their Black and White Spring Game. Senior signal caller Kenric McNeal is one of his team's captains for the game, and during the draft a few days ago, he looked to protect himself behind a good offensive line.

"My plan was to pick up our best offensive lineman, but the other team captain took him with the first pick," McNeal laughed. "They also picked up our best rush defensive end so I guess I'll be scrambling for my life back there."

While the game is a fun conclusion to the rigors of spring practice, McNeal indicated that it was a productive training camp for the team, and for him specifically in the passing game.

"I've really gotten better every day throwing the ball. I feel I'm a lot more consistent and accurate than last year," McNeal said. "Not only have I worked hard at it in practice, but the 7-on-7 stuff has helped me too."

While the 6-foot-1, 173-pound prospect has improved his passing skills, most college coaches are recruiting McNeal as a speed athlete at wide receiver. The Houston area native has blazing speed, having been clocked at 4.31 and 4.38 in the forty at different events. However, the Rice Owls are interested in him as a quarterback.

"Everybody is recruiting me as a wide receiver or athlete except Rice. They want me to play quarterback," McNeal said. "I'm not sure if I want to be a quarterback at the next level. I think I may be too small, but if I have a great senior season I may think about it."

Not only does McNeal hold offers from Houston, Missouri, Rice, Texas Tech, Ole' Miss, and Arizona, but several other BCS conference schools have started engaging with the speedy athlete.

"I just got off the phone with Iowa State and they say they are going to offer me," McNeal said. "Nebraska and Oregon just recently contacted me and they are very interested, and I'm getting more mail now from Alabama than any other school."

While interest is picking up among several schools, one school that has been recruiting McNeal since February still sticks out among his favorites.

"I'd still have to say that Texas A&M is right there at the top. I like Coach Wyatt (asst coach) and I like their new offense. They come out and watch us practice a lot. They are definitely recruiting me at wide receiver which I like," McNeal said. "But I do want to keep my options open and see what other schools have to offer. I'm not sure I want to commit right away, maybe before my senior season."

McNeal and his father plan on a busy summer with several summer camp trips planned to Rice, Texas A&M, and TCU and he's still looking at others as well. But there will be a little fun along the way this summer.

"My dad and I always take a camping trip," McNeal said. "But this summer he also promised me that we'd go on a cruise that stops at a bunch of different ports and cities. I'm looking forward to that."




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