Badger FB commit sets official visit

Arlington, Texas (Seguin) safety Donte Neal committed to the Wisconsin Badgers last May without ever having seen the campus. That will change next weekend, though, as Neal will be making his widely anticipated official visit to Madison to watch the Badgers host Northwestern. Josh Clark offers this exclusive report to

Some may call Donte Neal crazy.

Badger fans likely will admire his trust in Bret Bielema and his Badger program.

Yet, the fact Donte Neal committed to Wisconsin without ever having visited Madison means nothing to him.

"At first, I admit, I wanted to keep my options open," Neal stated. "I was hoping to stay close to home, but from day one Wisconsin wrote me more than any other coaches, and consistently showed more interest. It made me realize that I needed to accept a new atmosphere, and it is a great program."

Neal can remember the day he committed with ease.

"It was the last day of school," remarked Neal.

"I can remember calling Coach (Kerry) Cooks, and him telling me he was so excited that he wouldn't be able to sleep that night. He also told me to call the bossman, and when I talked to Coach Bielema he was also excited. He told me he couldn't wait for me to get up there."

The only question that remains is what Neal expects to walk away feeling after the experience of making an official visit with Madison.

"That's a good question," added Neal, whose father will accompany him on the visit. "I want to check out the academic center, first, I know that. I plan to major in construction management with a minor in business. Then, I want to get a feel for the city and make sure that the players and coach accept me. Being far away from home, it's important that I'm a part of the team."

Neal is fully qualified, but still plans to re-take the SAT in hope to better his first score of 1090.

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