OL/DL Cameron Neel Update

<b>Cameron Neel</b> is a 6-7 265 pound offensive guard and defensive tackle for Woodinville High School. He is eager to return to the football field after sitting out the entire 2000 season with a back injury.

"I had a stress fracture in my back," said Neel. "It's perfectly healed now. I'm ready to go."

Neel could wind up on either side of the ball in college but has designs on smashing ball carriers rather than opening holes for them. "My Preference is probably defense right now," said Neel.

He has run the 40 in a respectable 5.3 seconds and has posted marks of 355 pounds in the bench press and 420 pounds in the squat.

Neel is a track and field guy, specializing in the shot put and discus. He threw the shot almost 54 feet last spring. The strength and explosion he exhibits in those two events is exactly why college recruiters are interested in him. Keith Gilbertson is the Husky coach that is watching Neel closely.

His strength on the field is his agility. "I've got pretty good feet and I can hit pretty hard. I haven't played much so we'll see how I do this year. I think I move well for my size."

At Woodinville Neel played with current Husky Zach Tuiasosopo. "It was fun to play with him. He's a funny guy and a good leader. He's a good guy," said Neel.

Neel has called and spoken with Husky Head Coach Rick Neuheisel. "He told me that they are looking at me and hopefully I'll do good. They're going to keep an eye on me this season and they're hoping I have interest in their program," said Neel.

Oregon State, Oregon, Penn State, Idaho, WSU, San Diego, Air Force, and Yale have all contacted Neel with recruiting interest.

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