Since the early part of his recruitment, McNeil, a 6-foot, 175-pound cornerback from Mocksville (N.C.) Davie, has limited his favorites to the three aforementioned. However, McNeil has recently contemplated opening the doors to two in-state schools.
"I've been thinking a little lately about [N.C.] State or [North] Carolina. I don't know," said McNeil. "Those are in-state options. It was something I was thinking about if I was to go to an in-state school it would be one of those two, but I haven't made up my mind if I really want to pursue either of those, yet."
If McNeil decides against looking at UNC and NCSU, he expects a decision could come sometime in the next couple of weeks. As is still the case, the Fighting Irish maintain an edge for McNeil's February signature.
"My leader would probably be Notre Dame," said McNeil. "I just like their coaches and the opportunity to play earlier, and their school – I pretty much like Notre Dame a lot. The only thing that is holding me back is the distance. I do want to get away, but it's a lot different when you think about being 12 and a half hours away for the next four-five years."
McNeil could resume his unofficial campus visits with trips to Chapel Hill and Raleigh if he elects to consider the in-state rivals.