Aggies pick up speedy receiver

With spots disappearing quickly in the Aggies' class of 2009, one wide receiver decided he'd better commit before his spot was gone. Aggie Websider has the latest on today's commitment and what it means for others who may be looking in A&M's direction.

Verbal commitments continue to stream in for the Texas A&M coaching staff. The latest Aggie commit is Spring QB/athlete Kenric McNeal who pulled the trigger late last night.

"I called Coach Wyatt and then I called Coach Sherman," McNeal said. "He was supposed to be giving a speech when I called, but he said they could wait a little bit because talking to me and accepting my commitment was more important. He said I made his night."

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. The Aggies are no different, wanting McNeal's world class speed on the offensive side of the ball.

"A&M is recruiting me as a receiver and that's where I think I can make the most impact," McNeal said. "They want me to come in and give them that speed factor and stretch defenses downfield."

McNeal had offers from Oregon, Nebraska, Houston, Missouri, Rice, Texas Tech, Ole' Miss, and Arizona, while also starting to receive serious interest from LSU, but it was a chance to play for Coach Sherman and the Aggies that he could not resist.

"I know they were starting to fill up and they had some commitments this week," McNeal said. "I didn't want to be left out. I've been thinking about A&M for a long time and I figured there's no reason to wait any longer and risk losing my spot."

McNeal's decision came down to several factors, and the Aggies matched up well with his priorities for a school.

"I want to study engineering and Texas A&M has a great engineering program," McNeal said. "The coaches are great and have a lot of experience in developing top talent, it's a great football school with tradition, and it's close to home."

McNeal said his commit is 100% solid, and doesn't foresee any changes to his status in the future. McNeal and his 7-on-7 teammates will be in College Station for the state 7-on-7 tournament July 11-12. McNeal hopes to visit with the coaches and players after the tournament and spend more time on campus.

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