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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.


Comments

Since: Sep 14, 2009
Posted on: February 21, 2012 5:53 pm
 

Davonte Neal ends the drama, commits to ND

I R I S H  !  !  !



Since: Jun 24, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 5:44 pm
 

Davonte Neal ends the drama, commits to ND

Michigan sucks.



Since: May 15, 2009
Posted on: February 21, 2012 5:36 pm
 

Davonte Neal ends the drama, commits to ND

Michigan had a tougher schedule this season than Bama (17th Versus 24th SOS).  Bama played LSU, who else?  The SEC was pretty weak this season outside of LSU and Bama.  B1G had at least 4 or 5 teams in the top 25 all season (Mich, Mich St., Wis, OSU, Nebraska).  Michigan lost to Iowa and Mich. St. because Denard can't throw.  The defense for Michigan had a lot of Freshman on it.  After there #3 finish in the recruiting class this year (mostly on defense), they'll be tough.  The defense is only going to get better and better.  Bama's running game is gone and there defense is gone too.  Talk to you in 2013 after Michigan raises the crystal football.



Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 5:08 pm
 

Davonte Neal ends the drama, commits to ND

Dynamos, it has been a while for the Irish.  But they are on their way back and that scares you like it does all the haters.
   Shall we go over the fact we keep players all 4 years, how about the fact we graduate them at almost 100%.
   The real fans stay with the Irish thru thick or thin, I'm sure your team does the same(yea right).    It's been hard
to win but as we find out so many schools are caught breaking violations  after violations.   We had a death in the family
last year that was devastating and nothing will help that now.   But now other schools are following Notre Dame's lead
in updated safety measures so it won't happen again.     
; We look ahead and the future looks Bright!



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 5:00 pm
 

Davonte Neal ends the drama, commits to ND

Yea Dynamos...the last Irish national title was in 1988...a full dozen years after your beloved Panthers last won their national championship.  Don't bad mouth other teams when yours is worse.  What a tool!




Since: Jul 27, 2011
Posted on: February 21, 2012 4:52 pm
 

Davonte Neal ends the drama, commits to ND

Neal will poision the team with his demands. Not a team player.


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Since: Feb 2, 2012
Posted on: February 21, 2012 4:44 pm
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Since: Mar 3, 2009
Posted on: February 21, 2012 4:34 pm
 

Davonte Neal ends the drama, commits to ND

really irish fans on this site, are you old enough to remember the stumbling fumbling irish being any good? must be 30 years ago!!!!!



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: February 21, 2012 4:34 pm
 

Davonte Neal ends the drama, commits to ND

Kiel-to-Neal has a great ring to it!  I can see the t-shirts being printed in South Bend already.  Gunner Kiel throwing to Davonte Neal for the next three or four years...Go IRISH!




Since: May 9, 2009
Posted on: February 21, 2012 4:28 pm
 

Davonte Neal ends the drama, commits to ND

Michigan National Champs? In what? Beat Alabama? You lucked out against a weak Ohio State team. Haha...gimme a puff of what you're smoking...


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