Elco lineman goes Pac 10

It's become a recurring theme this spring, an El Camino player gets an offer, thinks about it for a few days and then decides to commit to the school that extended him a full ride. Such is the case with OL Brent McNeil who decided he wanted to play in the Pac 10 and became infatuated with the Oregon State Beavers earlier this week.

McNeil committed to the OSU coaches on Tuesday and made things official on Wednesday

"I really started feeling them when they offered me earlier this week," McNeil said. "I really like them a lot because, after they offered me, I went and did some research and I know I could go in there and play early and they have a good program and put players out into the league and that's my ultimate goal."

After he graduated from Birmingham High School in California, McNeil headed to New York to live with his uncle, former New York Jets RB Freeman McNeil, and the two discussed all things regarding football and life.

"Oh yeah, he set me straight that's for sure," McNeil said with a laugh. "He basically told me to concentrate on school because if I wanted to play D-1 ball, I had to take care of that before I did anything else.

"I didn't take school very seriously before that, but I sure do now. I want to make a life for myself and be successful and that will really help me out. He also told me to get serious about playing football and not just to rely on my natural abilities, so it helped me focus on working harder too."

Once he started looking for a school to call home and to help him extend his football career, McNeil said there was only one place for him.

"Elco has a great program and they always move guys on," McNeil said. "Their coaching and their record speak for themselves and I really felt at home here."

On the recruiting front, McNeil's first offer was from Oregon State, but he also was hearing from schools around the Pac 10 and in the Mountain West and in the WAC.

"The Pac 10 is where it's at out here," McNeil said. "I'm a good pass-blocker because of my technique and I'm pretty athletic. I play left tackle here, but I'll most likely move inside when I go (to Oregon State)."

McNeil stands 6-3 and goes about 300 pounds. He reps 225 pounds 20 times on the bench press and recently ran a 5.2 at the Los Angeles JC Combine held last weekend.

The big man from El Camino said, unless his uncle's alma mater (UCLA) offers, he won't be reconsidering his commitment to the Beavers.

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