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Versatile Neal not rushing to decide

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Davonte Neal from Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral is considered a wide receiver, but with Team Highlight being short-handed at the defensive back spot during preparation for the Under Armour All-America Game he has shown his versatility while playing on both sides of the ball.
"It is exciting to get out there and play both ways getting the offensive side and the defensive side," Neal said. "It is fun to get different coaching from difference coaches. … It is fun."
The Rivals250 prospect expects to play on both sides of the ball during Thursday evening's game. As far as he knows, he may be the first player to ever do that in the game.
"I think so," Neal said. "I am not sure. I haven't really asked. I have just been going out and playing."
As for where he settles in at from a position standpoint at the next level, Neal doesn't care.
"I have no preference," Neal said.
As for the next level, the four-star prospect hasn't been in a rush to make a decision. In fact, he didn't even have a narrowed list of favorites to share on Wednesday afternoon.
"I am still undecided," Neal said. "I am pretty much seeing how it goes. Whoever comes in I am talking to them. I am not really looking at anyone specific."
So far, Neal's only official visit was when he traveled to Notre Dame in early December. He enjoyed his time in South Bend, Ind.
"It was a good trip," Neal said. "I had a lot of fun meeting new people, meeting the coaches, getting to know the coaching staff and the players. It was fun."
He has scheduled two dates for January - Ohio State on January 13th and Arkansas on January 20th.
"They are both great teams," Neal said of the Buckeyes and Razorbacks. "They are both great programs. Ohio State has a new coach (in Urban Meyer) and he is a great coach at that. Arkansas has a fast-paced offense. Both teams are dynamic, they can move, they can run, they can pass, they can do it all."
Neal also mentioned Arizona, Arizona State, Auburn, and North Carolina as far as schools actively pursuing him. He said other schools may be in the picture but that they are likely dealing with his father and he doesn't know of them at this point.
He shared no specific timeline for making a decision.
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