McNeal closing in on favorites
Mesquite (Texas) Poteet three-star athlete Deandre McNeal has plenty of options and he is receiving scholarship offers and interest on both sides of the football.
At 6-foot-2 and 210-pounds he brings plenty of athleticism to the table and college coaches like the versatility and athleticism he brings to the table.
From Monday to Friday this past week, McNeal was in Columbus, Ohio checking out all the Buckeye program had to offer, and he liked what he saw.
"It was a beautiful sight," McNeal said. "There were a lot of great things out there for me. Great opportunities, nice facilities, I loved the coaches. Coach Urban Meyer and coach Tom Herman. There was a lot of great stuff out there and I had a good time. It was great."
He worked out on both sides of the ball for the Buckeyes and he felt good about both performances.
"Actually at the camp I did great on offense," McNeal said. "I had great feet and great hips and everything. I went to lunch and came back and trained on defense as well. I did a lot of change of direction and stuff like that. They loved me at that so they're still debating whether they're going to take me on offense or defense. I have an offer there they just said they wanted to see which one I was best at, so I did great on both sides and they're still trying to figure out which one they want me at."
There were several aspects of the visit which were great. The facilities and the campus were all eye catching. However, it was a conversation which really caught McNeal's attention.
"What really caught my attention was when me and coach Meyer had a one-on-one talk and he was very pinpoint and there was no procrastination," McNeal said. "He was just straight to like this is what we want to do and this is what we need to do and this is what we're going to do. The way they plan not just to win but to help each player become a better man on and off the football field."
McNeal is not ready to name any favorites, but did say he is starting to get a vision about his leaders. Before he starts naming names though, he has a few more visits to take.
"I have UCLA coming up and Alabama on the 13th of July. I leave for UCLA on Monday," McNeal said.
After his visits he indicated he would likely have a list of favorites ready to be released.
McNeal also has a few official visits in mind.
"I know I'm going to take one to Miami," McNeal said. "I predict I'll probably go back to Ohio State. If Oregon offers me I'll go up there. Wisconsin. And I'm trying to figure out the last one I'm going to take."
As for a decision, McNeal has decided to move up his announcement date.
"Actually I changed it now so it will be early October or late September," McNeal said. "It used to be like November or December but I've changed it because I'm starting to get that vision."