3 Visits Set for Neal

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Lakewood (SC) star J.C. Neal has set 3 official visits, and these 3 visits may be the only officials he takes before making a decision.

“I’m going to N.C. State on December 10th, Virginia Tech on November 26th and Maryland on December 3rd,” Neal said. “I don’t even know if I’ll take more than that. It depends on what these other 3 show me.”

Georgia Tech, Auburn and South Carolina are other teams in the running for the 6-0, 185-pound tailback/receiver recruit. Of the 3 schools who are scheduled to receive official visits, N.C. State and Virginia Tech like Neal as a running back or wide receiver while Maryland likes him as a defensive back/running back. Neal says position “is not” a preference for him.

Neal stated what he likes about his top 3 schools.

“For Virginia Tech, I’ve been there a lot,” Neal said. “I like the coaching staff and that’s what stands out to me about them. It’s the same with N.C. State.

“For Maryland, I like what Coach [Al] Seamonson says. He tells me what I want to hear. I haven’t visited there yet, but I’m going down there this weekend to see a game. Next weekend I’m going to see N.C. State play Miami.”

Neal knows which factors will be key in his decision.

“Game atmosphere is going to be a big factor,” Neal said. “Playing time is a factor, but that’s not an issue with any of the schools I’m looking at. Graduation rates is a factor.”

Currently, Neal has no leader among his top 3.

GT/Miami game…

J.C. visited Georgia Tech for the Miami game, and, unfortunately for Georgia Tech, he wasn’t too impressed.

“It was kind of boring,” Neal said. “There were a lot of people there, but they weren’t that loud.”


Neal has performed well in 2004, as he has rushed for 800 yards and 13 touchdowns in 6 games. Lakewood, which has played 7 games, is 1-6 on the year.