January 6, 2011

Neal is the best around

The recruiting game is anything but new to Scottsdale (Ariz.) wide receiver Davonte Neal.

Neal has been on the radar of college programs since his freshman year, when he received scholarship offers from Arizona State and Boston College. As one of the underclassmen performing in the U.S. Army National Combine, Neal remains one of the most sought-after recruits in the class of 2012.

Neal has taken to a larger stage after transferring to powerhouse Chaparral High School from Cesar Chavez High School.

"Chapparal is a great school and I love it," Neal said. "They have great athletes and the coaching staff always has my back."

With his decision more than a year away, Neal has put his recruitment on the backburner for now. He doesn't intend to take official visits until his prep playing career is complete.

"My dad handles all the recruiting stuff right now," Neal said. "I'm not too worried about it right now. I'll start deciding after my senior season. Right now, I'm just enjoying high school and having fun playing football."

That timeline hasn't stopped recruiters from making their pitches to Neal. USC offered the 5-foot-10, 157-pound receiver last season.

"They called my coach and he let me know," Neal said. "I was really excited to get an offer from USC because they're a great program and have great coaches and players."

USC offensive line coach James Cregg is handling Neal's recruitment for the Trojans. Though Neal hasn't spoken much with Cregg, he said he was impressed with USC's staff.

"The new coaching staff is pretty good," Neal said. "They know how to coach and win."

Neal says an official visit to USC is unlikely, but only because he can see the school at any time while visiting his father in Los Angeles.

"I can go out and see USC whenever I want to," Neal said. "Los Angeles is like a second home to me."

Neal's recruitment is still up in the air, but so is his future position. He stars at both cornerback and receiver for Chaparral and has offers for each position.

"I'll play wherever the coaches want me to play," Neal said. "It doesn't matter whether it's corner or receiver. I just want to be on the field."

USCfootball.com will keep you updated on Neal's recruitment and his performance in San Antonio.

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