McNeal is Solid

Standing just 5-foot-6, 171-pounds Curtis McNeal is the smallest player in USC's 2008 recruiting class but the compact running back may also be the Trojans most versatile recruit. "I don't know if I want to take other trips because there is no point in me telling these dudes that I am going to go to their school when I'm solid to USC now," McNeal said.

Standing just 5-foot-6, 171-pounds Curtis McNeal is the smallest player in USC's 2008 recruiting class but the compact running back may also be the Trojans most versatile recruit.

At Venice High School this season, McNeal starred at tailback and cornerback and also contributed as a punt and kick returner. Mc Neal is being recruited primarily as a tailback and special teams player but the Trojans coaches have big plans for their smallest recruit.

"They have me at tailback and want to get me in open space. Like T-Mac (Todd McNair) was saying I am different from the other guys that are there," McNeal said of his role in the USC offense. "I can do more stuff besides just lining up in the backfield and getting the ball. I can line up at slot receiver and run a route and stuff like that."

On his official visit McNeal learned that the USC coaches also could call on him to help add depth to the defensive backfield. "Coach Carroll was telling me today that they also want me to play defense for coverage plays when they need an extra defensive back," said McNeal. "I would be the extra defensive back."

The four-star running back has been committed to USC since March but in the last few months was showing real interest in the Oregon Ducks. After his official visit to USC this weekend, McNeal is now solidly committed to the Trojans and said he no longer knows if he will visit any other schools.

"I don't know if I want to take other trips because there is no point in me telling these dudes that I am going to go to their school when I'm solid to USC now," McNeal said.

McNeal raved about his trip to USC, where he was hosted by his "close friend" DaJohn Harris. "It's close to home, they have a great business program there and they have been successful the last few years and I want to be a part of that," said McNeal.

For McNeal the highlight of the weekend was just being able to have fun with his new friends and future teammates. "The best part was just all the fun that I had being around the other recruits."

Of the overall experience McNeal said, "I would give it a 10. I had a pretty nice time."


USC recruit Curtis McNeal.


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