October 22, 2009

Florida linebacker has Rebels out front

The Ole Miss defense has been successful this season, and recruits on that side of the ball have begun to take notice. Quayshawn Nealy is no different.

In fact, he's actually been on the Ole Miss bandwagon for some time.

The Rivals.com three-star outside linebacker from Lakeland, Fla., possesses a noteworthy offer sheet, but one Southeastern Conference school is currently out front. Thanks to their recruiting efforts and Nealy's relationship with one of the coaches, the Rebels are in good position for the 6-foot-1, 215-pounder.

"There's a good chance I'll go to school there, definitely my number one," Nealy said. "I'm always getting stuff from them, and you can tell they're interested. (Recruiting coordinator/cornerbacks) Coach Vaughn is recruiting me, and we always have good talks.

"I have the speed to play in their defense, and we both think I can make an impact."

Nealy currently has offers from Ole Miss, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Louisville, Nebraska, Purdue, South Florida and Virginia among others. Michigan entered the race within the last couple weeks, and there has been some mild interest from Alabama.

Nealy hasn't scheduled any official visits, however he says Ole Miss is assured of one. Purdue also seems to be in good shape for a visit, due to the Boilermakers getting a commitment from fellow Lakeland linebacker Will Lucas.

"I see them getting one of my official visits," Nealy told Rivals.com affiliate GoldandBlack.com. "They are in the running because they are a great school and I'd love to see the school for myself. It's probably going to have to be after (the season) because I am going to be busy during. Will already took his official visit and he said it went great and he loved every bit of it."

He has visited South Florida several times, but because it is so close to home, Nealy will only take unofficial visits to the Bulls' campus.

Nealy has a 4.6 40 time and is already safely academically eligible. He carries a 3.4 GPA and has secured an 18 on the ACT.

"I'll end up wherever feels the most like home," Nealy said. "How the team gets along with each other and the coaches. And how I feel around everybody."

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