Posted by Bryan Fischer
With all the talk of Texas A&M going to the SEC, Dallas (Texas) safety LaDarrell McNeil apparently decided he wanted to beat all of the traffic east and commit to an SEC school Monday afternoon. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound safety selected Tennessee over his other finalist Oklahoma State and surprisingly kept his decision under wraps from coaches and family members until making an announcement.
"Everyone was just blowing my phone up and I wanted to tell everyone at the same time," McNeil told Volquest.com. "I wanted to get it out of the way when I knew I was for sure. I have known for a couple of weeks Tennessee was where I wanted to go and I just now want to focus on playing ball my senior year."
McNeil also held offers from Clemson, LSU, Miami, Texas A&M and others. He recently took an unofficial visit to see the Vols up close and personal and that was a key factor in verbally committing over other schools.
"Honestly, I didn't know much about them till I got up there to see the coaches, and the school, but I liked what I saw," McNeil said. "I just felt comfortable there and I feel like I could live up there even if I wasn't playing football."
The talented safety had 132 tackles and three interceptions last season and becomes Tennessee's 15th commitment for the class of 2012. McNeil is the program's second commit from the Lone Star state in the last 10 days as well.