There are a plethora of running backs in the state of Texas for the class of 2007 and it looks like Dallas (Texas) Madison speedster Shawnbrey McNeal is already on the map with a pair of Big 12 offers.
The 5-foot-9, 181-pounder started as a freshman and was a player to watch ever since. As a junior, he put together a season that totaled 1,556 yards and 22 touchdowns. It was pretty obvious from the beginning he was going to be a highly recruited player. Now, he's got the offers to prove it.
"Oklahoma State was first to send a written offer and that was a while back and then Kansas State's offer came here on Feb. 1," McNeal said. "I like them, but honestly I don't know a lot about either of those schools just yet."
It appears that any school could offer next with the high volume of mail he's been receiving as of late. Florida, Texas, Texas Tech, Baylor, Kansas, Indiana, Utah, and Arizona have all been senders to his home.
Like many in-state prospects, the Longhorns have caught his eye.
"I like Texas a lot and it's where I'm from," McNeal said. "That's something you have to look at. I like the Southeast and Texas schools. I'm just into the hot weather climate. Plus, my step dad likes Texas a lot. He's got a closet full of UT stuff."
McNeal says his first start on varsity as a freshman was a little nerve-racking. Once he got on the field and put together three touchdowns he got into his comfort zone. Though he thinks he could have done even better.
"I was kind of timid," McNeal said about that first game. "I had three scores, but only like 75 or 80 yards in that game. I'll tell you though, it was fun being in that atmosphere and I always saw how the other guys at our school were treated. Then I was being treated that way."
"It was a good feeling."
As for spring plans to junior days and summer camps, McNeal hasn't thought much about it. However, he says he'll be making some stops on certain campuses at some point.
There will be no rush in his commitment.
"I want to take all of my trips," McNeal said. "My step dad is talking me through this whole thing. He likes Texas, but he also tells me that they have a whole lot of running backs. I want to play."
"It's my decision where I want to go and where I feel most comfortable being at for a long period of time."
Last season, McNeal was named most valuable player for his district and an honorable mention on the all-state list.