"Washington offered me after I attended their camp at the University of Redlands," a happy Neal told Dawgman.com recently. "It was really great to get that first offer, but it only motivates me to work harder and keep improving."
At 6'4" and weighing in at just over 210 pounds, Neal is a big receiver who possesses soft hands and enough athleticism to be a real threat in the intermediate routes.
"I worked a lot with coach (Jordan) Paopao and they said they like me as a tight end who flexes out to a slot," Neal noted. "I learned a lot and I had a really great time with him. He said my body type was exactly what they were looking for in a tight end because they feel like I will add a lot of size to my frame when I get to college."
In addition to his offer from the Huskies, Neal said schools like Arizona, Arizona Sate, Iowa, California and San Diego State all have been in contact and he feels a good summer could lead to some more offers.
"Right now Washington is the only school to offer, but those other schools are after me pretty hard," Neal said. "I'm going to try and get out to ASU's camp and I'm pretty much set up to go to the USC Rising Stars camp and San Diego State's camp."
Neal has never been to Seattle and he said, with his interest and offer from the Huskies, he's hoping to make it up to the Emerald City for an official visit before the start of his senior season.
"I'm trying to get up there in August, but I'm not sure," Neal said. "My schedule is pretty tight and I want to have a great senior year, so I am definitely planning to get up there, but it might just be for an official visit, which I am definitely taking.
"The offer from them just blew me away. I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to play college football, especially in the Pac 12, but also for a great coach like coach (Chris) Peterson and coach Paopao who I really liked.
"I'm really excited about the opportunity they have given me and I definitely want to check them out more and get to know more about the program as I get closer to making my decision."
As a junior this past fall, Neal posted nine receptions for 127 yards on a team that ran the ball over 65% of the time.
"We ran a lot, so I didn't get a lot of opportunities to catch the ball, but this year we should open it up a little more and I think I will have a chance to put up some bigger numbers," Neal said. "I'll do whatever it takes to help my team though and if that means I need to block on every play, that's what I'm going to do."
Neal said he plans to let the recruiting process run its course and he has no plans to make a decision before he's able to take his official visits.
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