"It was a great experience," DeAndre McNeal said. "I felt like I was at home. They were very down-to-earth kinds of people."
It was actually McNeal's second trip to the 40 Acres, as he was one of the invitees to the Texas Sophomore Day in March.
"This time, the atmosphere was way different," McNeal said. "People were really excited about the season. I liked this time better than I did last time."
McNeal said most of his contact has come from his area recruiter, Texas tight ends coach Bruce Chambers. But it's hard for him to get attached to a position coach because, right now, McNeal doesn't have a projected position. At 6-foot-3 and 217 pounds and a recently clocked 4.5-second 40-yard dash, McNeal can project to several spots. And that's a versatility that Texas has latched onto.
"They told me every position except o-line," McNeal said, laughing. "They said they would probably recruit me as a slot receiver/H-back with some running back thrown in."
Sound like a strange combination? There's no limit to the positions that McNeal could play, something that Mesquite Poteet has taken full advantage of. And while McNeal has interest from the Longhorns, Oregon, Texas A&M, Michigan, California, Iowa State, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Missouri and Texas Tech, he concedes that it's difficult for those schools to find a certain spot to offer him at.
"It is kind of hard," McNeal said. "You look at [teammate] Malik [Jefferson] and he plays one position, so everybody knows where to recruit or focus on him with. I feel like I can play well at all those positions. I just don't know which one people want to offer me as."
McNeal said he doesn't have a major preference, though he said he enjoys playing receiver.
"I like catching the ball and getting upfield," McNeal said.
McNeal doesn't have any offers yet, though they're definitely coming. And of the list of teams that are recruiting him, he said he likes Texas, Oklahoma and Texas A&M above the rest. He said he doesn't have any timeline for a decision.