Neal Recaps Visit To UW And Recruiting

St. Thomas (Houston, Tx.) DT Lorenzo Neal talks about his trip to Seattle last week for Washington's Junior Day and he updates on where things stand in the recruiting process...

"Oh man, it was great," Neal told Dawgman.com about his time in the Emerald City. "It was my first time ever in Seattle and I loved it.

"Everyone talks about the weather and stuff like that, but I don't mind the cold and the rain. It was fine. I actually liked that aspect."

Neal brought his mother, but his father, former NFL standout Loren zo Neal, was unable to make the trip.

"He has a (weekend) radio show and he couldn't get out of it, so it was just me and my mom," Neal noted. "It's okay though. Coach (Chris) Petersen and my dad have met a few times at different events -- charity stuff and golf tournaments -- so it's not like my dad doesn't know what he's all about already."

While on campus, Neal said he spent a lot of time with Jeff Choate and the two discussed several subjects including an offer.

"They didn't offer, but coach Choate said he's going to come down in the spring to see me and he said they are really close to offering," Neal noted. "We also talked about where they see me playing if I were to sign there and how I would fit into their scheme.

"It's probably a good guess that they see me mostly as a one-tech (nose tackle), but in different calls, they can use me as a three-technique. I'm pretty versatile, so I think I could do either one, but the 'one' is probably where I fit the most."

Neal also said it was pretty easy to choose an aspect that stood out while he was there for Washington's Junior Day activities.

"When you talk to the coaches there and everyone involved in the program, you get the message loud and clear that they care about you as a football player and also your life after football," Neal noted. "They have high standards for their players. They expect you to excel in all areas of your life -- football, family, school, work, society -- and they will support you in many ways to see that you are successful."

Neal doesn't currently hold any offers, but, in addition to his interest from the Huskies, Neal has also been hearing from Michigan, Oregon State, Maryland, Louisville, California, Arkansas, North Texas, UTSA and Purdue among others.

"A lot of schools are still evaluating me and showing me some interest," Neal said. "I realize I need to be patient and just see how things go. I just need to keep working hard and doing everything I can to get better and the rest will take care of itself."

Neal is just beginning the recruiting process, so it will be interesting to see where things go for him and which camps he intends to hit this summer.

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