Another Kirkwood Player is High on Tech

Jeremy Maclin isn't the only player catching touchdowns on Kirkwood high school's football team. Tight end Michael McNeil has also excelled in the spread offense run in Kirkwood, MO. In 2004, Michael caught 44 passes for 806 yards and six touchdowns, helping pace one of the top offenses in the state. We caught up with him to see how he's coming along on choosing his college destination.

Michael McNeil currently holds offers from Nebraska, Wisconsin, Texas Tech, Kansas, Missouri, Northwestern, Indiana, Miami (OH), and Arkansas State. Each school is looking to keep him on the offensive side of the ball, even though he is a very capable defensive end as well. He is quick, athletic, and stronger then his 6'4, 215 pound frame appears.

Michael is looking for a school that will challenge him both on the field and off. "Academics are really important to me. I plan on looking at the academic programs at each school I visit to make sure they are what I'm looking for." The star tight end will also strongly consider location, the coaches, and the type of offense the school runs when making his final decision. "I always say location isn't a factor, but the more I think about it, the more I want my family to be able to see me play."

Michael has already begun narrowing down his list and has some current favorites. "Right now, I would say Nebraska and Wisconsin are at the top, with Kansas and Texas Tech close behind." Here's what he had to say about each of his top schools:

Tech – "I love the offense they run. The type of offense they run fits my type of play and I think they would be able to utilize my skills very well."

Nebraska – "I have already taken a visit there, and I really liked what I saw. The coaches were great."

Wisconsin – "They're just a really good school. I would like to take a visit up there soon."

Kansas – "Kansas is a team that's really on the rise. I have already visited there as well and it was a good school."

McNeil plans on taking some more official visits before he decides on a school. "I will probably commit sometime during my senior season. I would like to take some officials and get a feel for what's out there before I make my decision."

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