With just over two weeks until the season opener, high school teams are in the middle of grueling two-a-day workouts preparing for the long season ahead. It's no different for the Spring Lions and their quarterback Kenric McNeal. David Sandhop of the Aggie Websider caught up with the signal caller to discuss how things are going in the Lion's den.
"It's going great. I'm expecting a big year," McNeal said. "Everything is starting to slow down and I can identify and anticipate what the defense is doing. I'm feeling more comfortable at quarterback this year."
The 6-foot-1, 175-pound athlete turned the heads of many college coaches due to his sub-4.4 speed, and he eventually committed to Coach Mike Sherman and the Aggies. However, McNeal says that he's just scratching the surface of his talent and ability, and he feels much stronger and faster than this time last year when he just turned 16 years old.
"I started school early so I've always been younger than everybody. I was barely 15 when I first played on varsity as a sophomore," McNeal said. "Now as a senior I'm about the same age and I've caught up physically. I feel much stronger physically and hopefully it will pay off this fall."
McNeal is also expecting big performances from his teammates, especially the Lions' offense that returns several key veterans to the lineup.
"Our passing game is going to be much better," McNeal said. "We have several great receivers on the team. If they double team one guy, there will be two that will be open. The defense can't guard all of them."
While most high school prospects and college coaches are currently consumed with fall practices, the Spring native is still receiving letters from many schools despite his early commitment to Texas A&M. While coaches can start calling prospects at the end of the month, McNeal says it won't matter in his case.
"A lot of the same schools keep writing m and saying they will continue to recruit me," McNeal said. "It's flattering, but I'm happy with my situation and my commitment to Texas A&M. I'm 100% solid on my verbal."
The speed athlete who is being recruited by Texas A&M as a receiver is good friends with fellow Aggie commit Malcolm Johnson from Klein, and both are looking forward to watching games this fall at Kyle Field.
"We've known each other since elementary school playing pee wee football and we're excited to be playing together in college," McNeal said. "We're already planning to come up to see as many games as possible this fall at A&M. It's only 1.5 hours away."
McNeal and the Spring Lions kick off the 2008 season when they take to the road to battle Langham Creek on August 29.
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