May 25, 2011

Bucks offer elite receiver

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One of the key positions in Ohio State's 2012 class is the wide receiver position. With a working number that will likely total three at the end of the cycle, the Buckeyes are looking far and wide for elite talent at the position. On Tuesday, one of the top receivers in the nation in St. Louis (Mo.) DeSmet product Durron Neal was the latest pass catcher to pull an offer from Ohio State. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound prospect is the 32nd ranked prospect in the nation according to

Neal was informed of the news over the phone by new wide receivers coach Stan Drayton. According to Neal, the two established a pretty good rapport during the conversation.

"I was talking to coach Drayton on the phone and I could believe some of the stuff that he was saying more than some of the other coaches," Neal said. "He didn't try to push me or anything and it was just like we were chilling on the phone and he just said that they wanted me."

While Ohio State's offer comes a little bit later than some others, Neal still expressed interest in the Buckeyes and is hoping to learn more about the program.

"Ohio State is a very good program," Neal said. "They win a lot of ball games and everybody knows them. We're going to try to build a relationship even though (the offer) is late."

With over 25 offers from almost every major program in the nation, Neal is certainly a hot commodity. With such a vast offer list and new schools entering the fray almost daily, Neal says he is in no position to narrow his list at the moment.

"I'm still open," he said. "I have finals this week for school so I have a lot of other stuff going on. A lot of schools have been calling and using their one phone call and trying to find the best time to talk with me."

Neal is also an impressive track athlete and is currently trying to make some noise in the 100 and 200 meters.

"I run the 100, 200, 4x100, 4x200, and 4x400," he said. "My personal best in the 100 is a 10.9 and my personal best in the 200 is a 22.5."

Once finals and track are over with, Neal says he plans to sit down with his coach and talk about what camps he may be going to this summer. Neal also says that he plans to take his five official visits and won't be making a decision until after his senior season.


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