April 1, 2012

McNeil sets decision date

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Ohio State will be looking to take at least one, and possibly two, tight ends in the class of 2013 and one of the top targets is Durham (N.C.) Hillside product Josh McNeil. The 6-foot-5, 235-pound prospect has accumulated nearly 20 offers so far, including one from Ohio State. On Sunday evening, McNeil set a decision date to make his college choice.

"I will be picking my school on Friday, May 25th at around noon," said McNeil. "I don't have a list of finalists yet but I will likely be narrowing it down to a top five by this coming Friday."

Ohio State is expected to be a school that contends for McNeil's services but before he makes his decision in May, he will be in Columbus on an unofficial visit.

"I'm going to the Ohio State spring game in April," he explained. "I'm looking forward to seeing the coaches and the fans and seeing what my role might be up there as a tight end in their type of offense. I'm also looking forward to talking to coach Urban Meyer face-to-face."

Co-defensive coordinator/safeties coach Everett Withers has been the main contact between McNeil and Ohio State so far and the big tight end says the two have developed a good relationship.

"Me and coach Withers have a close relationship," McNeil explained. "He was recruiting me when he was at UNC and we have always been close. He's one of my favorite coaches."

Another factor that could potentially work in Ohio State's favor is the presence of former teammate Jamal Marcus. Marcus is a class of 2012 Ohio State signee and the two have been close for many years.

"We've actually been friends since like the fifth grade," he said. "We're really close and he talks to me about recruiting all of the time."

As McNeil closes in on his decision, he says he's going to weigh several factors.

"I'm looking for an NFL offense and to see how quickly I can play and what my role would be when I got on campus," he said.

As for his on-field abilities, McNeil points to his athleticism and his ball skills as his major strengths.

"I'm quick both on my feet and with my mind and I'm a fast player and an athletic player. I can go up and get the football at any point."


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