Neal Doesn't Wait, Commits to UW (UPDATED)

Last Thursday, Mike Neal was offered a scholarship after attending a UW camp at the University of Redlands, and a week later he announced his verbal commitment to the Huskies via his Twitter account. Neal, a 6-foot-4.5, 210-pound WR/TE prospect from Etiwanda, Calif., became the fourth public verbal commitment for the UW 2015 recruiting class.

"I have made my verbal commitment to the University of Washington..i am so thankful for all of the people who got me here..Go Dawgs," Neal said via Twitter late Thursday night.

"I was talking with my parents and they were like 'if you want to go there and they liked you enough to offer you, before anyone else did, then you should just make your decision and tell them how interested you are in them'," Neal told Dawgman.com the day after his decision went public. "I was all set to commit to them in August, when I go up there for an unofficial visit, but I was like 'why wait?' and that's when I called the coaches and told them I wanted to commit."

So what was the Husky coaches' reaction?

"They were like 'are you sure?' and I said 'yes, I want to be a Dawg' and they just got all excited and they were really happy I committed," Neal said. "My parents were fired up too. I was really happy about committing, but I think my parents were even more excited than me because they were saying I needed to commit on speaker phone so they could hear what the coaches said too."

Neal and his family plan to take a visit to Seattle on August 4th and 5th, so he can see where his future home will be.

"I'm real excited to get up there and see everything for myself," Neal said. "The facilities and all that and then the city and the campus and I'll get to meet with the coaches again. I'm real excited about all of it."

Washington projects Neal, who measures in at 6'4" and weighed in recently at 210 pounds, as a hybrid wide receiver/tight end prospect, much as they do Josh Perkins and Darrell Daniels.

He attended one of the Huskies' satellite camps at the University of Redlands in California and spent a lot of time working with his new position coach.

"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 said. "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.

"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."

The Huskies were the first school to offer Neal, who was also receiving recruiting interest from Arizona, Arizona State, Iowa, California, and San Diego State.

HERE is a link to Neal's HUDL film, which shows off his size, as well as his ability to play outside the hashmarks as a bigger receiving threat against smaller cornerbacks.

Mike Neal Scout.com Profile


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