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4-star DT Neal speaks on long-awaited UM offer

4-star DT Neal speaks on long-awaited UM offer

Stefan Adams
It hasn’t exactly been a secret that 2020 Gulliver Prep (FL) 4-star DT Westley Neal has been waiting on a Miami offer. He’s attended countless camps on UM’s campus hoping to get noticed; at times, he thought an offer might never come. However, the wait made it even sweeter when the Hurricanes finally came through with a bid, as safeties coach Ephraim Banda called him last night with the good news.

“He was saying that they like me and I definitely have the talent to play at Miami, then he offered me,” Neal said. “It feels awesome.”

Tennessee, WVU, Kentucky, UVA, Pitt, Indiana, Rutgers, and USF all made Neal’s recent top 8 released last week, but now he admits that the Miami offer is a game-changer for him and that he will amend his list.

“They are high on my list. They have been my dream school since I was a little kid,” Neal said of UM. “I love that swag.”

At this time, Neal is unsure when he will able to visit UM again, but he last visited campus for a junior day event in February. The 6-1, 315 pound prospect will also take his first official visit to Rutgers this weekend. He is currently deciding which schools will receive the other four official visits, but admits it has been difficult to narrow things down further.

“Every school is constantly in my ear,” Neal said. “A brotherhood and the type of defense they run are important. Also, a place where I feel like it is home.”

Neal recorded a 5.29 in the 40, a 4.83 shuttle time, and a 27.50 inch vertical at the Opening Miami Regional back in February. As a junior in 2018 for Gulliver Prep, he totaled 70 tackles, 19 TFL, 1.5 sacks, and 1 forced fumble.

“This off-season, I’m working on shredding a little fat and getting my speed up,” Neal said.

 

Comments (39)

Good write up, interesting that banda is his point man an not coach Stroud.

Seems like the shuffling of the recruiting board continues.

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If this is still top 8 (Tennessee, WVU, Kentucky, UVA, Pitt, Indiana, Rutgers, and USF ) prior to our offer, he should be as close to a lock as you can get. Get him to paradise and let him pull the trigger!
 
Anyone who is a tad short of 6-1 and weighed 317 pounds at the Miami opening make an official strict bench press of 400 in state weightlifting competition, and can dunk a basketball is not ordinary. If he can drop to 295-300 he is not locked in as a NT and would be even quicker as a 4-3-DT. Just hope they have not played him out.
 
This Roberts, Tenison, etc and many decommits in the past are most often "movers on" and never return. Sometimes one gets lucky and one does return. Roberts if I had to be my last $100 I would say no he does not recommit.
 
Just my opinion, the staff has not completely learned that until they can post 10 or more wins and a bowl victory they need to grab the best sure thing around, coach it up real well, good S&C and go from there. You have to claw and scratch your way back to the top. One cannot go out and say just because we have a new coaching staff you should come to us. You cannot act like a top 10 team until you start winning like them.
 
If this is still top 8 (Tennessee, WVU, Kentucky, UVA, Pitt, Indiana, Rutgers, and USF ) prior to our offer, he should be as close to a lock as you can get. Get him to paradise and let him pull the trigger!
KY recently received a commit from the top OG in the nation (Michigan native). Our old secondary coach is no joke at UK. He learned bag game from Butch & Jimbo.
 
Lock him up!

With him in tow unless some out of right field 5 star stud wants in (and we squeeze him into what we have) id say shut it down for DTs stay on the guys we have and put all energy into LB recruiting with Flowe
 
It hasn’t exactly been a secret that 2020 Gulliver Prep (FL) 4-star DT Westley Neal has been waiting on a Miami offer. He’s attended countless camps on UM’s campus hoping to get noticed; at times, he thought an offer might never come. However, the wait made it even sweeter when the Hurricanes finally came through with a bid, as safeties coach Ephraim Banda called him last night with the good news.

“He was saying that they like me and I definitely have the talent to play at Miami, then he offered me,” Neal said. “It feels awesome.”

Tennessee, WVU, Kentucky, UVA, Pitt, Indiana, Rutgers, and USF all made Neal’s recent top 8 released last week, but now he admits that the Miami offer is a game-changer for him and that he will amend his list.

“They are high on my list. They have been my dream school since I was a little kid,” Neal said of UM. “I love that swag.”

At this time, Neal is unsure when he will able to visit UM again, but he last visited campus for a junior day event in February. The 6-1, 315 pound prospect will also take his first official visit to Rutgers this weekend. He is currently deciding which schools will receive the other four official visits, but admits it has been difficult to narrow things down further.

“Every school is constantly in my ear,” Neal said. “A brotherhood and the type of defense they run are important. Also, a place where I feel like it is home.”

Neal recorded a 5.29 in the 40, a 4.83 shuttle time, and a 27.50 inch vertical at the Opening Miami Regional back in February. As a junior in 2018 for Gulliver Prep, he totaled 70 tackles, 19 TFL, 1.5 sacks, and 1 forced fumble.

“This off-season, I’m working on shredding a little fat and getting my speed up,” Neal said.


Thanks for the article Stefan!
 
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