Neal Returns from South Carolina

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Lakewood (SC) wide receiver/defensive back J.C. Neal visited the home-state South Carolina Gamecocks this weekend. Heading into the visit, South Carolina was trailing N.C. State and Virginia Tech for his services. Now, it appears that things have changed.

“It was fun man,” Neal said of his official visit to South Carolina. “I had a lot of fun. I liked hanging out with the players. James Thompson was my host. I’ve known him since middle school. I had a chance to meet the coaches and spend a lot of time with the new coaching staff. Me and Coach Spurrier, Jr, hit it off really good. I hit it off with Coach Spurrier too.”

Where is South Carolina following the visit?

“They moved up,” Neal said. “It’s going to be a tough decision now between them and N.C. State and Virginia Tech. They are all even right now.”

N.C. State was the leader heading into the visit, but coach attrition has hurt them some here.

“Losing all those coaches,” Neal replied when asked why N.C. State was no longer ahead of the other two schools. “That lost points for them. Stability is big.”

What does Neal like about Virginia Tech right now?

“The coaching staff,” Neal replied. “They are just good people. That’s why I like them.”

South Carolina is recruiting Neal strictly as a wide receiver while Tech and N.C. State are recruiting him to play wide receiver or defensive back. Position doesn’t appear to be a factor for Neal, who just wants an opportunity to play early.

“I don’t care where I play really,” Neal said. “I just want to get on the field. I want to play as a true freshman.”

Neal, who has already taken official visits to Maryland and Virginia Tech, may have a decision following the N.C. State official visit scheduled for this upcoming weekend. He has a visit scheduled to Clemson but remains uncertain as to whether he will actually make it.

When decision time comes, he stated what the biggest factors would be in his final choice.

“How they can help me with my career – on the field and in the books,” Neal said. “Playing time is a factor. How I get along with the players and coaches is maybe 3rd or 4th for me.”

A Recruiting dead period is from January 10-13. A quiet period day is today and on the 14th and 15th. In-home visits can begin

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