Durham (N.C.) Hillside tight end Josh McNeil landed his first scholarship earlier this fall. The 6-foot-5, 235-pounder quickly responded with a pledge, but noted he may be still mulling his options a bit.
"I committed to East Carolina last month," he said. "I went down there a lot, I went to every home game and they showed me a lot of love. It seemed like a family to me."
What made McNeil pull the trigger?
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"It just felt like home down there," he said. "Plus, they pass the ball a lot. They go out of the shotgun and could use my versatility as an H-back. I really like Coach Simmons, we talked on the phone for three or four hours. He is really nice. I also like the other coaches, they are nice too."
While he is committed, McNeil is receiving other interest from the likes of North Carolina, Duke, NC State, Clemson, Southern Cal and more.
"I am committed, but I am thinking about opening it back up," he said. "Before I do that, I'm going to talk to my high school coach.
"I'm a big North Carolina fan and they just hired a new coach. I haven't talked to their new coach yet, so I plan to wait until January before possibly opening things back up. East Carolina is No. 1 in my mind right now, I still want to see how I fit into their offense and see who will use me the best."
In just his first year starting, McNeil earned first team all-conference honors while posted 28 receptions for approximately 500-yards and five touchdowns.
"I did really well," he said. "I'm an explosive, athletic type of player. I think I've got great hands and decent speed. I'm hard to take down."
A recruitable basketball and baseball prospect, McNeil is focused on football at the next level.