Lewis Neal's Stock is on the Rise

Lewis Neal is one of the top junior prospects in North Carolina. He picked up an early offer from North Carolina State and now several schools are showing a significant amount of interest in the defensive lineman.

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Lewis Neal (6'3/235) of Hunt High School in Wilson, N.C. is having a big junior season. Not only is he playing well, but his team is 8-0. Neal has become one of the top junior prospects in the state and schools have taken notice.

"Recruiting is going good," said Neal. "I only have an offer from North Carolina State, but I am starting to hear from more schools. Purdue and Virginia Tech said they will both offer after they see my junior film. I am also hearing from Oregon, Florida, Alabama, and North Carolina."

Neal visited one of those schools a few weeks ago.

"I went to Virginia Tech a few weeks ago when they played Miami. It was one of the best games I have ever seen and the fans were going crazy," he said

The 2013 prospect already has another visit in mind.

"I really want to go down to Alabama when they play LSU. I went to their camp last summer, performed very well, and really enjoyed the competition. I have been in contact with Coach Smart and Coach Rumph. I am really going to try to get down there in a few weeks," Neal said.

The defensive end knows what will be important when he chooses a school.

"The school will need to have a good Exercise and Sports Science program. I want to major in kinesiology, become a personal trainer, and eventually open my own gym. The coaching staff will also be important. I want them to care about me as person and player," he said.

Who leads for the talented prospect?

"N.C. State is my leader, but they are my only offer. I am just waiting to see what other schools offer," said Neal.

The Hunt product has 80 tackles and six sacks this season. He was recently invited to the U.S. Army National Combine, which will take place on January 5th, 2012 in San Antonio, Texas. The Warriors have a huge game against conference rival Nash Central (7-1) this Friday.

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