Bushnell (Fla.) South Sumter four-star safety Keanu Neal made his way to the University of Florida on Saturday for their Junior Day event. He said it was made abundantly clear to him during his time on campus that the Gators want him as part of their team.
"Coach (Travaris) Robinson told me today that he was kind of looking forward to me committing," Neal said. "He told me that today at Junior Day."
Neal didn't commit while in Gainesville, but he will be making the phone call tonight to make it official. As of just shy of the 8 o'clock hour Neal was preparing to make one of the most significant phone calls of his life.
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"I am committing to Florida," Neal said. "I haven't called just yet, but I am calling tonight, in about an hour."
The four-star defensive back explained why he felt it was the right decision to make.
"I felt very welcomed," Neal said. "It just felt like home. It just felt great. It is a great atmosphere and the coaches are great people. They were excited. I was excited. They had some statistics that really intrigued me such as Florida being the second-ranked public school academically - things like that. I also liked the nutritionists and all of the trainers, how they work with you. It is just mind boggling. It is a great place. Florida is definitely where I want to go."
The 6-foot, 204-pound prospect talked about how he fits into Florida's defensive scheme.
"They said that I would fit perfectly into their defense," Neal said. "In their defense, they move a safety down into the box sometimes. I played linebacker some in high school so I have that experience. I can go down in the box and play that linebacker position, rumbling with the linemen and everything. I can also drop back and play deep. So that position, that safety position, is perfect for me."
Neal chose the Gators over offers from Duke, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Louisville, South Carolina, South Florida, and UCF.