Lakewood (Sumter, SC) tailback/cornerback J.C. Neal was recently named the #4 prospect in the state of South Carolina and the #24 running back in the nation by Superprep. With his blazing 4.37 40 speed, it’s no wonder the 6-0, 183-pound blue-chipper received these accolades. It’s also no wonder he has received so many calls from college coaches in September.
“One day about 50 people called,” Neal said, laughing. “I talk to all of the ones I get a chance to talk to. I did talk to Virginia Tech. I talked to Coach Wiles. He was trying to get me to come up to one of their games. I would like to try and get up for a game. He asked me what I want to play, and said they are thinking about wide receiver.”
Virginia Tech has been at or near the top of Neal’s list for quite some time. The Hokies remain in good shape, but are joined by 3 other schools who J.C. would like to officially visit.
“I want to visit N.C. State, Virginia Tech, Maryland and Georgia Tech,” Neal said. “I like the coaching staff at N.C. State. It’s the same with N.C. State and Virginia Tech – I like their coaching staffs. For Maryland, I want to see what it’s like. I want to see what it’s like in the big city type atmosphere. For Georgia Tech, I have a lot of family down there.”
Among those 4 schools, Neal says “they are all pretty even until I take my visits.”
Other programs involved include Florida State and Auburn, and of course Clemson and South Carolina. Neal attended South Carolina this past weekend for their game versus Georgia, but the atmosphere didn’t seem to have an effect on Neal’s feeling of the in-state program.
“It was jumpin’,” Neal said. “I’m still leaning towards going out of state, but it was jumpin’. Everybody was yelling and screaming at the beginning of the game and until Georgia came back. They started to quiet down once Georgia came back.”
Neal will likely take official visits following his senior season. He does want to attend more games during his season, including a possible trip to Virginia Tech. No other trips have been scheduled.
First 3 Games…
Lakewood is off to a 1-2 start in 2004. Neal has played well, and hopes to help his team build some momentum from here on out.
“I think we can turn it around,” Neal said. “I’m just going to try and keep everyone jumpin’ for each game. If I’m down, then...
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