Texas Star talks Vandy offer

Vanderbilt was in the Dallas Metroplex to extend an offer to Deandre McNeal, a 6-foot-3, 225-pound wide receiver-outside linebacker at Dr. Ralph H. Poteet High School in Mesquite, Texas. The Commodores had already offered teammate Malik Jefferson, a highly recruited linebacker, but wanted to tell McNeal in-person he was also in line for an offer.

"It was just about two weeks ago," McNeal told VandyMania.com on the offer. "They came down and offered me personally right in the conference room. The outside linebackers coach, Coach [Kenwick] Thompson, was who I talked with. He said they really liked me on both sides of the ball. He said they were impressed with how physical and aggressive I play. They really liked that about me as well as being versatile.

"It's a great offer. When I go to make my decision, I'm going to consider education and life after football first and Vanderbilt seems like a great place for that. It was either my 16th or 17th offer. I'm still wide open."

At Poteet, McNeal played running back and wide receiver in the Pirates run to the regional title game. He was named first team All-State in Texas 4A.

"In my junior year, I had 1,200 yards combined rushing and receiving," he said. "My best strengths [at wide receiver] are being able to make people miss on tackles, getting up the field, and catching the football. I've always wanted to play defense. It's always been something I wanted to do so I convinced the coaches to let me do it. I feel like it's been an easy transition."

The aforementioned Jefferson is also an outside linebacker. They should prove quite a formidable pair as they hope to advance past the fourth round, a place they've been stick the past two seasons. The Pirates, however, will move up to Texas 5A for the 2014 football season.

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