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Nine offers for Indiana lineman

Indianapolis (Ind.) Decatur Central offensive tackle Lukayus McNeil is on spring break this week, giving the 6-foot-6, 255-pound lineman a chance to look back on six weeks that saw nine scholarship offers come his way.
"It just makes me keep on working harder, get more and get to where I want to be in life," McNeil said.
The run of offers started in mid-February when the in-state Indiana Hoosiers became the first to extend an opportunity.
"Right now, I haven't talked to them for a little bit," McNeil said. "I am still looking around and I'm not saying that's where I want to go. I am looking into them just as I am looking into any other school. I am checking it out and seeing where the best place for me is."
Offers from Cincinnati, Louisville, Ball State, Bowling Green, Northern Illinois, Ohio University, Toledo and Western Michigan have since followed, but McNeil is nowhere close to deciding where he wants to go.
"That's a ways off," he said. "I will wait until my senior year and take official visits."
McNeil was able to take an unofficial visit to Indiana for a junior day this winter, and also has been able to check out Louisville.
"I went down for a junior day where I was with a bunch of other people and didn't get the one-on-one like I did with I," McNeil said. "I got to see the facilities just like everybody else."
Other schools showing interest in McNeil include Michigan State, Iowa, Ohio State and Penn State.
"They are talking to me, but mostly they are talking to my coach," McNeil said. "He is the one telling me when they are going to offer and what I should be looking for."
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