Jackson (Miss.) Jackson Academy offensive lineman Reid Neely is nearing a decision. He has narrowed his search down to two schools, one has offered and the other has not. How much longer until he makes his pledge?
“Right now I am leaning toward committing early and getting it out of the way,” Neely said. “I’ve been thinking really hard about doing it before the season starts so that I can have it out of the way and focus on my senior year. At this point I am down to two schools, LSU and Ole Miss.’
The 6-foot-6, 289 pound Neely runs the 40-yard dash in an impressive 5.05 seconds, has a 325-pound bench press and a 430-pound squat.
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“Ole Miss has offered and LSU has not at this point,” Neely said. “I went to camp at LSU and they showed me a lot of attention. I get handwritten letters from all the time. I feel good about my chances of getting an offer from them, but I don’t want to say that I think I am going to get one and then not get one, you know.”
Neely was an all-conference selection as a junior and is rated as the No. 17 player in Mississippi by Rivals.com.
“I’m going to choose the school where I feel the most comfortable with the players and coaches,” Neely said. “I’m going to be there for four years so it’s important that I get along with and like them. It’s not really all about buildings and nice campuses and stuff like that to me. I don’t want to go too far from home and I think that LSU and Ole Miss are about the right distance.”