We're seeing more and more early commitments and McNeal explained why he's committing so early in the process.
"I love the coaching staff and the playing style they play at USC," McNeal said. "They're very aggressive."
McNeal was offered a scholarship two days after he attended USC's Junior-Day (Feb. 24. The experience he had that day, especially talking to Pete Carroll, made a big impression on him.
"It was nice, I loved it," McNeal said about the USC Junior-Day. "I love the intensity of just being at SC. They have the desire of a champion—I just love it." Pete Carroll is a great coach and you can just feel the intensity for the game, and the winning passion. He told me, ‘We want you to be a Trojan and be a part of winning championships.' He also told me they definitely want me as a returner, but I'd come in as an athlete and get a chance at running back."
McNeal was asked if any other schools told him he'd receive a scholarship offer.
"Oregon and Oregon State said they were going to offer earlier, but they haven't," McNeal said.
Although he considers himself a solid commit for USC, there are a few schools he'd consider visiting if he was offered a scholarship.
"I'd consider Oregon, Cal, Washington, Washington State and Texas," McNeal said.
If USC is ultimately the school he chooses, there will be two Moodys in the Trojan backfield. McNeal said he would probably look for a new nickname, a name he's had for nearly nine years.
"I had the nickname, "Moody," since I was seven," McNeal said. "I got it from my first Pop-Warner coach, because he said I could be in a different mood every hour of the day. He said as the day goes on, it get worse because practice gets harder."
McNeal will attend Scout.com's All-American Combine on April 29 at the Home Depot Center, the B2G Camp and a camp at USC in June.
Jerry Johnson, a Venice wide receiver and UCLA commit, commented on he and McNeal committing to rival schools.
"Well, it's outstanding that two guys from the same team are going to two great schools, like USC and UCLA," Johnson said. "I find that awkward, too. I mean, we have two great players and two great teams. There may be a bit of trash talking, but may the best team win."
We hope to hook up with McNeal at Venice High tomorrow for a video interview.