Trip Report - Mike Neal

It's been quite a while since we've been able to catch up with Etiwanda (Ca.) TE Mike Neal. The tight end prospect, who committed to Washington over the summer, was in Seattle over the weekend for his official visit and he said he's very excited to become a Husky next summer...

"Me and my family had a great time," Neal told as he awaited his flight from Sea-Tac International Airport. "Honestly, I think my parents are more excited for me to be a Husky than I am and I'm really excited to be a Dawg."

While he was up visiting, Neal was hosted by redshirting freshman Drew Sample.

"He was real cool. We talked a lot about the LEAP program they have for when you first get there," Neal said. "He's from there, so he talked a lot about the culture and what you can expect.

"He said the support they give you there is amazing and if you fail it's all on you.

"The coaches are also like your parents and you have all of your teammates around you too. It's set up for you to succeed, but it's up to you to get it done."

After taking a moment to contemplate all that he had seen, Neal came up with parts of his trip that stood out to him.

"I loved going and eating up in the Space Needle. That was really cool," Neal said. "Mostly though, I think it was just getting to know the players better and hanging out with them.

"It's a real family up there and you can definitely see how the guys are with each other and they support each other. That was special."

Neal finished his high school career with a solid senior season, hauling in 21 receptions for 353 yards and seven touchdowns for a team that really struggled to throw the ball this year.

He said his meetings with his future position coach, Jordan Paopao were good as well.

"We talked a lot about how they want to use me," Neal said. "They weighed me in at 219, so I'm almost as big as (Joshua Perkins) already and they said they know they can split me out because that's what I've been doing all of the time anyway, but they also wanted to make sure I had the right mentality when it came to blocking.

"Blocking is all about 'want to' and a mindset. I think I have that, but they were saying I needed to watch how (Perkins) does things because that's how they are going to use me more."

Neal basically shut down recruiting once he committed to Washington, so the Huskies are his only offer and he said he is excited about enrolling this summer to get his college football career started.

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