Senior Tre Neal, a cornerback out of Susquehanna Township High School (PA), ended his recruitment before the start of the 2016 season by committing to Lehigh this week. Neal received an offer from Lehigh back in May and committed this week after talking it over with his parents.
“My mother liked the school a lot,” said Neal. “It’s close to home and I know they have a good academics program.”
Neal attended none of Lehigh’s prospect camps, but his highlights and game film were enough to impress their coaches. “The coaches said that they like the way I break on the ball,” said Neal. Neal also added, “They like the way I come downhill and make plays in the run game. They plan on having me play cornerback on the boundary side.”
Neal transferred from nearby Cedar Cliff High School after his junior season ended and said that the transition to his new school has been smooth. “The transition has been real good. We have a lot of seniors over here and I like it a lot. I’ve been here since January.”
During the off-season, Neal trained with Prime Xample out of Maryland and says the coaches helped him become a better defensive back. “Everything I’ve learned about being a defensive back came from working with Prime Xample,” stated Neal. “They played a huge part in helping me learn how to play cornerback. They taught me everything from what I need to look at, how to read the wide receiver and quarterback, how to break and how to backpedal.”
With his decision already made, Neal says knowing where he’ll be playing college football next year will take the stress of not knowing off of his mind.
“It’s a big relief,” says Neal. “Now I can just focus on my senior season and help my team win games. We want to get back to the District III championship game and win it this year.”