Neal said he'd like to make a decision in July or August but doesn't have a top grouping. That could make the time frame challenging. He'll likely end up sorting through more offers and visits to take, starting with LSU in late June.
"I want to see how life is there," he said. "It's a different location and it's really far away so I want to learn how they do things down south."
Neal's recruitment has seen steady growth. Playing at a school that doesn't have a rich tradition of producing top prospects, recruiters have worked to find Neal. He doesn't have a mountain of offers, but three three-star prospect has big-name schools like Clemson, LSU, Ohio State, South Carolina and Tennessee on his list.
As a junior, he had 88 tackles, 8 sacks and 3 force fumbles. As a sophomore, he had 96 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 6.5 tackles for loss, 2 forced fumbles, & 2 fumble recoveries. He was 2011-2012 1st team All-Conference & 1st team All-Area. He has attended a camp at North Carolina State. Clemson offered on 2/21/12.