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McNeil keeping an open mind

The state of Mississippi is always filled with big men. This year some consider the top offensive lineman in the state to be 6-foot-4, 265 pound Collins, Miss., center Josh McNeil.
“I already have an offer from Mississippi State,” said McNeil. “I’m also getting a lot of interest from Auburn, Florida, LSU, Ole Miss, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Stanford, Notre Dame, West Virginia and Alabama.”
McNeil runs the 40-yard dash in 5.1 seconds and boasts a 335 pound bench-press as well as 475 pound squat.
“Right now I don’t have a set list of favorites,” he said. “I am pretty much interested in anyone that is interested in me. I don’t want to rule anyone out.”
His brother Chris is currently an offensive lineman for Sylvester Croom’s Mississippi State squad. Will this effect his decision?
“No. The fact that my brother is there is not going to factor into my decision,” McNeil said. “I do want to stay kind of close to home, like the Southeast. I will be looking at things like facilities, the environment of the campus, the coaching staff and I would like to play for a school that runs the ball a lot.”
He stated that he plans to attend the Baton Rouge Nike camp along with camps at Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Auburn, LSU, Alabama and Florida State.
“I am supposed to be going to Auburn’s spring game on March 20th,” he said. “Coach Dodd wrote and told me that he wanted me to come down there and check out the campus and see what they have to offer.”
McNeil is an excellent student and will have no problems qualifying if he continues his academic pace. He maintains a 3.7 GPA with a 20 on the ACT, and wants to major in coaching and minor in teaching.