Posted by Bryan Fischer
Normally when Bob Stoops goes outside of the state to nab an All-American player, he usually heads south to Texas. That doesn't mean he hasn't had a few exceptions over the years and he added a talented out-of-state commitment from north of the border Wednesday afternoon in the form of St. Louis (Mo.) wide receiver Durron Neal.
"When I talk to them and they say that I remind them so much of Ryan Broyles, and how I can come in and be a big factor right away, and help them win a National Championship makes me feel good about them," Neal told OUInsider.com. "Who wouldn’t want to go there? Everybody knows all the stories and the tradition of their program. They win games, they win bowl games, they win Heisman, they win academic awards and they send players in the NFL.”
The 6-foot, 190-pound Neal is a four-star receiver who held offers from Alabama, Auburn, Missouri, Illinois, USC and Notre Dame among others. One of the biggest factors Oklahoma had going for them was the pass-happy offense lead in part by Jay Norvell, the Sooners co-offensive coordinator and Neal's future position coach.
“Their offense puts a big smile on my face,” said Neal. “They are a pass first offense and that is any receivers dream to go to an offense that primarily throws the ball. I mean I know OU runs the ball very well too, but this is what is great about their offense is that they can do both, but they are setting records throwing the ball. They always have great quarterbacks and they always have receivers, but they fact they have great running backs makes their offense so good.”
Neal is ranked 47th overall in the MaxPreps Top 100 for the class of 2012. While he is one of the top receivers in the country, Neal is a bit overshadowed in his own state thanks to overall number one player Dorial Green-Beckham from Springfield (Mo.), who recently visited Norman on an unofficial visit. The current Sooners commitment enjoys the friendly competition and will surely start recruiting Green-Beckham to join him at Oklahoma.
The eighth commitment for the Sooners in the class of 2012, Neal had a very productive junior year and caught 31 touchdowns and racked up 1,914 total yards while playing a variety of positions on offense. He will play in the 2012 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio next January.