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Top dual-threat QB pulls trigger

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After months of rumors, questions and leanings, it's over. Lufkin, Texas, quarterback Reggie McNeal is an Aggie.

A Texas A&M Aggie that is.

McNeal made the decision today after visiting with Aggie coaches while on an unofficial visit to Texas A&M’s College Station campus. McNeal has already returned to Lufkin from College Station but is currently unavailable for comment.

“He did it today,” Demetria McNeal, his sister, explained. “It’s been on the news on TV here in Lufkin.”

McNeal, one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the nation, picked A&M over Arkansas, Florida State, Oklahoma, LSU and countless, countless other teams.

This is the sixth known commitment for the Aggies, and the first from a Rivals100 member.

McNeal has been a player that fans all over the nation have coveted, but recently it only seemed like a matter of time before he officially became and A&M pledge. He had listed the Aggies as his top team for the past two months over apparent runner-up Arkansas.

The right-handed McNeal is one of 42 seniors on the Lufkin High School football team that will likely be the state’s No. 1-ranked team in class 5A, the state’s largest classification.

"That McNeal is something special," said coach John Lowery of nearby Crockett High School. "We have a couple of really good players, but they don't have that extra gear he has."

Extra gear is right. McNeal clocked in earlier this summer at A&M with a 4.32 40-yard dash time and won the camp's fastest man competition in the 178-to-200 pound weight class.

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