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Davonte Neal ends the drama, commits to ND

Posted on: February 21, 2012 3:43 pm
Edited on: February 21, 2012 5:18 pm
Posted by Bryan Fischer

You can finally close the book on the class of 2012.

The country's lone remaining uncommitted top 100 recruit, Scottsdale (Ariz.) athlete Davonte Neal, ended all of the late drama and committed to Notre Dame after a no-show to a ceremony Tuesday morning.

“Deciding on a college is one of the toughest decisions a young player makes in his life, so we are very pleased with Davonte’s decision to attend Notre Dame,” Brian Kelly said in a school release confirming Neal had faxed in his letter of intent. “Davonte was an electric playmaker in high school and was capable of making the big play any time he had the ball in his hands. He excelled as a receiver, as a running back and as a returner for Coach (Charlie) Ragle at Chaparral High School. I imagine we’ll use him in a similar fashion here.”

The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Neal can play either cornerback or slot receiver but will likely wind up taking snaps on the offensive side of the ball at the next level. His recruitment was kept under the radar for most of 2011 before heating up with late official visits and multiple suitors coming in late to make their pitch. In the end, he delayed his decision 20 days after Signing Day to pick Notre Dame over his other finalists Arizona, Arkansas and North Carolina.

Neal was named a MaxPreps first-team All-American as a defensive back while topping the 1,000-yard mark in total offense to go with 35 touchdowns last season as a senior. Many believed he would stay close to home because of numerous ties to Arizona, including the fact that his high school coach, Rangel, was hired by new head coach Rich Rodriguez before Signing Day and several of his teammates are committed to the program.

Bottom line however, the Irish are getting a great player who is ranked as the number four wingback and 67th overall player in the country.

"He is a receiver who must be double-teamed at all times," analyst Tom Lemming said of Neal. "He comes off the ball quickly with speed and strength, gets in and out of his cuts quickly, catches the ball, and then turns up field in a flash. He always takes what the defense gives him, can catch the ball at its highest points, and once he has secured the ball that's when the fun starts. He can out run almost every back he goes up against and shows excellent open field moves."

Neal's pledge gives Notre Dame 17 commitments for the class of 2012.


Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: February 22, 2012 10:57 am

Davonte Neal ends the drama, commits to ND

Gunner Kiel can throw better and runs very well for a passing QB, he will be great within 2-3 years...   Too bad Clausen & Quinn's teams had no defense, they were really good QB's too.  I think the defense is good enough now that the QB doesn't have to win the game by himself.

Since: May 6, 2007
Posted on: February 22, 2012 10:49 am

Davonte Neal ends the drama, commits to ND

Why u mad bro?  too bad for this kid ND sux..better luck in the pros or maybe not lol

Since: Feb 22, 2012
Posted on: February 22, 2012 10:30 am
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Since: Mar 13, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2012 9:52 am

Davonte Neal ends the drama, commits to ND

Teres Minor - It was reported yesterday from multiple sources that included Chaparral team mate Cody Ippolito in Phoenix that Davonte Neal's father Luke refused to sign any LOI unless it was Norte Dame. Davonte wanted to join two Chaparral team mates plus his Chaparral High Coach at Arizona. The rumor is it got so heated that Luke told Davonte that if he didn't like it, he could sit out until he was 21 and could sign his own LOI.

If any of this is true, it's sick how a parent can demand so much out of their kid especially that he will soon be considered an adult. Maybe the NCAA needs to change their LOI system to allow any 18 year old to sign where they want instead of having to have one parent's signature.

Either way I hope it works out well for Davonte and we don't here down the road that Luke had his hand in the cookie jar. 

Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: February 22, 2012 9:32 am

Davonte Neal ends the drama, commits to ND

I hope the kid enjoys a red face that shoots spit at you...He has three years min. of it coming his way.

Since: Feb 11, 2012
Posted on: February 22, 2012 9:06 am
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Since: Dec 17, 2008
Posted on: February 22, 2012 1:05 am

Davonte Neal ends the drama, commits to ND

Funny thing is, no one would have even cared who he signed with if he would have signed on signing day.  Kudos for him getting people hyped up over a scat back.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: February 22, 2012 12:27 am

Davonte Neal ends the drama, commits to ND

According to reports, this kid's dad bullied him into going up north to play at ND instead of staying home in Arizona.  There is a fine line between providing parental guidance and wanting to live vicariously through one's son or daughter.  I hope it works out for him, but this might be one of those players who never sees the field and eventually transfers.  

Neal is made to order for the offenses at both schools, but that doesn't always translate to being happy or to immediate playing time.  Hopefully, he can make the adjustment to playing at a school like Notre Dame, and won't get too homesick during his first cold winter.   

Since: Jan 30, 2011
Posted on: February 22, 2012 12:12 am

Davonte Neal ends the drama, commits to ND

Bama also had the best recruiting class in the nation. They are loaded and will just reload and be a factor in the National Championship again. SEC puts the Big 10 to shame.

Since: Feb 14, 2012
Posted on: February 22, 2012 12:05 am

Davonte Neal ends the drama, commits to ND

Golson is the QB that C.hoke wish he had in robinson.  Golson, pass first QB, can scramble and pick up major yards, and has an accurate, cannon, of an arm.  the only thing that's standing in the way- OU.... not worried about any other team this year.

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