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theman
06-23-2010, 06:23 PM
Wide Receiver
Scottsdale, Arizona
Chaparral


Links of Interest:
http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/recruiting/player-Davonte-Neal-89478

Height:5'10"
Weight:167 lbs
40:4.4 secs
Shuttle:4.19
Vertical:35 inches
GPA:3.2
Class:2012 (High School)


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Rivals video of Davonte Neal
http://rivals.yahoo.com/video/recruiting-football/AMP-Davonte-Neal-makes-statement-in-LA-231435;_ylt=Alra1DOZ83PNeJvtkEO.fdgh7qB4

http://rivals.yahoo.com/video/recruiting-football/Davonte-Neal-Highlights-1-167259;_ylt=ApvmEqy5avlsLRNIFQAxu5oh7qB4

http://rivals.yahoo.com/video/recruiting-football/Davonte-Neal-Highlights-1-44240;_ylt=Aj_u7LzWE7.U.bxRpaZwsTMh7qB4

http://rivals.yahoo.com/video/recruiting-football/Davonte-Neal-Highlights-1-34140;_ylt=AmjUaoaQ4dLQNOwpQfzGEZgh7qB4

Neal is considered one of the top WR prospects in the nation next year. He is big-time and already has seven verbal offers that consist of Zona, ASU, BC, BYU, Duke, Oregon State, and UCLA. ND may be next and everybody here should want this guy. Blazing fast speed (low 4.4's as a frosh)!

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MojoMan
06-24-2010, 08:26 AM
As a 8th grader, DN's best time in the 100 meters was 11.24 and as a freshman -11.00....great speed for that age.....could not find any 100 meter times for his sophomore year....

littlerick77
06-24-2010, 07:47 PM
Dayum.....

My new fav recruit for 2012

zimmsbg78
06-25-2010, 11:22 AM
Davonte is currently holding verbal offers from Arizona, Arizona State, BYU, Boston College, Duke, Oregon State and UCLA. Receiving interest from coast to coast.

Here are a few article that were written on him in the last couple of months..............

http://www.azcentral.com/sports/Blog/Richardobert/80348


Luke Neal said his son Davonte', a 5-foot-10, 185-pound sophomore receiver, received a verbal scholarship offer today to play football at Oregon State.

Neal rated among the top players at the Los Angeles Nike Camp recently. Chaparral has had coaches from 11 colleges come through during the first week of spring football this week.

Neal received verbal offers during his freshman season at Laveen Cesar Chavez from Boston College, Arizona State and Brigham Young.


http://www.azcentral.com/members/Blog/Richardobert/83862


Scottsdale Chaparral wide receiver Davonte' Neal is believed to be the first sophomore to receive an invitation to play in the U.S. Army All-America Bowl.

Luke Neal, Davonte's dad, said his son received the invitation in the mail.

Davonte', who transferred from Laveen Cesar Chavez in January, would play in the 2012 bowl that features the top high school football seniors in the country.

Luke Neal said his son will be attending Southern California's Rising Stars Camp in June with Chaparral sophomore quarterback Connor Brewer.

KamaraPolice
06-26-2010, 12:14 PM
I find it interesting that he transferred from an inner-city school to a school that's surrounded by mazeratis and bentleys in north scottsdale.

doogerfuji
06-26-2010, 12:27 PM
How is that interesting? It happens everyday. Doesn't it?

zimmsbg78
06-29-2010, 01:30 PM
http://bleacherreport.com/articles/412455-12-must-see-college-football-recruits-in-the-2012-recruiting-class#page/5


In my conversation with Connor Brewer, the subject of his Chaparral HS teammate, Davonte Neal, came up. Connor immediately said Neal, a transfer who will play his first season with Chaparral this fall, would be the team's best playmaker on offense and defense.

His film and offers suggest the same. Neal (5-foot-10, 170 pounds) already holds verbal offers from Arizona, UCLA, BYU, Oregon State, Boston College, and Arizona State, and is reporting interest from USC, Stanford, and Cal.

He was the MVP of a Nike Underclassmen Combine as a freshman and also plays free safety, punt returner and shutdown corner in addition to his duties as a receiver. Look for his name among the top five athletes in the 2012 class.

zimmsbg78
09-08-2010, 09:55 AM
http://www.recruitforu.com/content/2012-athlete-davonte-neal-has-new-school-and-tons-potential


When September 1st rolled around, Davonte had college programs all ready to talk with him. "I've heard from ASU, Arizona, BYU, Boston College, Oregon State, LSU, Duke, UCLA and most of the schools on the west coast," said Neal. While these schools have already begun to show interest, Davonte doesn't plan on making any important decisions any time soon. "I'm just playing high school football for now, we'll see what happens," he said. He's primed for an outstanding season, and already has his new team off to a good start (2-0).

zimmsbg78
10-19-2010, 10:46 AM
http://www.maxpreps.com/news/yWwSR9bmEd-YiQAcxJSkrA/chaparrals-neal-gets-offer-from-usc.htm


You have probably heard that Chaparral (Scottsdale, Ariz.) receiver/cornerback Davonte' Neal is the most dynamic junior football player in the state of Arizona. It’s becoming apparent that major colleges agree.

Southern California became the latest big-time program to make a verbal offer to the Firebirds' standout when the Trojans came calling last week. Neal already had offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Boston College, Brigham Young, Duke, LSU, Oregon State and UCLA.

Neal is just 5-feet-10 and 173 pounds, but he ran a 4.39 in the 40-yard dash and has the ability to play both ways in college. That is clear when you look at his statistics.

In seven games he has 14 touchdowns, including 15 receptions for 385 yards and six touchdowns; 19 rushes for 144 yards and two touchdowns; 11 tackles and five interceptions with two returned for touchdowns; two punt returns for touchdowns and a 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.

http://www.azcentral.com/members/Blog/Richardobert/101590


On Thursday night, Arizona State coach Dennis Erickson and his D-line coach Grady Stretz stood on the Scottsdale Chaparral sideline with their eyes on a couple of juniors.

ASU has offered scholarships to quarterback Connor Brewer and receiver/cornerback Davonte' Neal, who both had exceptional games in a 51-7 rout of Phoenix Pinnacle.

Brewer completed 12 of 15 passes for 251 yards and five touchdowns in a little more than a half. Neal caught four passes for 134 yards and two touchdowns just in the first half. He also scored out of the wildcat, retrieving a fumbled snap about 10 yards behind him, then outrunning everybody for a 12-yard score.

It's no secret Erickson wants Neal badly, and Neal is very interested in ASU.

Erickson was one of the first coaches to verbally offer Neal when he was a freshman at Laveen Cesar Chavez.

Neal has now scored 17 touchdowns in eight games. Two have come on interception returns. Three have been on kick returns.

Luke Neal, Davonte's father, said that Erickson is interested in playing Davonte' on both sides of the ball and having him return kicks.

The elder Neal said that If Erickson is still at ASU next year, there is an excellent chance his son becomes a Sun Devil.

irishunclebill
11-10-2010, 04:32 PM
Neal seems to be settling in nicely at Chaparral. Some of his stats through the end of October.

Playing as a WR and CB and usually being pulled early in the 2nd half because Chaparral usually wins by blowout, Neal has 20 receptions for 400 yards, 3 punt returns for touchdowns, 2 kickoff returns for touchdowns, and 3 interceptions, including 2 returned for touchdowns.

From the same school now though as '09 offered prospect Craig Roh who ended up at scUM where I believe he is now starting at one of the OLB positions. scUM has not verbally offered Neal yet but with the new written schollie date pushed back verbal offers (and commits) for the 2012 class are now even more meaningless than they were before.

zimmsbg78
11-18-2010, 09:00 AM
http://www.azcentral.com/members/Blog/Richardobert/106978


Chaparral's Neal wants to be 2-way college player

Chaparral junior receiver/cornerback Davonte’ Neal said he was offered a verbal scholarship before last week’s game by Hawaii.

Neal then put on a show for the Hawaii coach who stuck around to watch him play in the Class 5A Division II first-round playoff football game against Tucson Sunnyside.

Neal scored touchdowns three of the seven times he touched the ball, two receiving and one running. Actually, Neal had nine touches. But in a succession of plays, Neal had two running touchdowns called back by holding penalties, before no flag was thrown on his third running TD.

"That was ridiculous," Chaparral coach Charlie Ragle said about that series of plays by Neal.

Arizona State is recruiting Neal now to play on both sides of the ball and to return kicks, his father, Luke, said.

Today, Penn State gave a verbal offer to Neal.

"I’d like to be a two-way player," Neal said. "I’m enjoying what I’m learing from (defensive coordinator) Coach (Conrad) Hamilton. When I go to the U.S. Army All-American combine in San Antonio (in January), I’m going to do both.

"I like the challenge. When they beat me, I get to turn around and try to beat them."

zimmsbg78
01-05-2011, 09:56 AM
http://www.azcentral.com/members/Blog/Richardobert/112724


Scottsdale Chaparral junior Davonte' Neal was named first team U.S. Air Force All-American by MaxPreps.com. Neal was the only Arizona player to make the team. He made it as a defensive back, after intercepting five passes, returning two for touchdowns, and not allowing a completed pass against him until the final minute of the Class 5A-II championship game against Peoria Centennial.

Neal, 5-foot-10, 173 pounds, The Rebublic's Big Schools (4A-5A) Player of the Year, will be in San Antonio this week to partcipate in the U.S. Army All-America Bowl combine for underclassmen, along with Chaparral junior running back Lucas Petrullo. Tempe Corona del Sol junior offensive lineman Andrus Peat has been invited to the combine, but it is uncertain whether he will go because he played on the Corona basketball team that is ranked No.2 in 5A-I.

Neal is planning to run track this spring, which could ignite a resurgence in Chaparral's track and field program. With Neal running, many other football players are likely to join. Neal, as a freshman, anchored Laveen Cesar Chavez's 4x100-meter relay team that set an all-time state record at the 5A-I state championships.

NDisNCin2010
01-05-2011, 11:56 AM
geesh now the US Air Force has its own all american deal?

zimmsbg78
01-10-2011, 11:34 AM
http://footballrecruiting.247sports.com/Article/US-Army-National-Combine-Notes-10681


Devonte Neal: The blue-chip receiver from Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral has early offers from the likes of Arizona, Arizona State, Boston College, LSU, Oregon State, UCLA and USC, and says he wants to take all five of his official visits before deciding late in the process. The two in-state schools Arizona and Arizona State are the programs Neal knows the most about, but he says there are no leaders at this point in the process.

zimmsbg78
01-14-2011, 11:48 AM
Neal was named to the First Team for the WR position at the Army AA Combine.

zimmsbg78
02-09-2011, 10:11 AM
Auburn has verbally offered.

irishunclebill
03-01-2011, 03:55 PM
Offered by the Irish.

zimmsbg78
04-04-2011, 08:31 AM
http://footballrecruiting.247sports.com/Article/LA-NIKE-Camp-Best-of-the-best-20854 (free)


Los Angeles, Calif. – If you are a top prospect in southern California, there is a good chance that you were on the USC practice fields on Sunday afternoon competing in the Los Angeles Nike Football Training Camp. The camp was loaded with talent from around California and the West coast. Even among that talent though, some players separated themselves as being on a different level.

The defensive backs

Making the trip to Los Angeles from Arizona, Davonte Neal made his travel worthwhile. Already considered one of the top prospects in the country, Neal lived up to his billing. Though he could play several positions at the next level, Neal worked out at defensive back on Sunday and he was nothing short of dominating. He’s a physically impressive prospect that looks the part of a safety, but has corner cover skills and receiver ball skills. Neal also loves to compete and he proved that he deserves every one of the numerous offers that he holds.

ChicagoIrish
04-04-2011, 10:12 AM
wow, that event at USC sounds amazing. I guess every single player there was "dominating."

zimmsbg78
05-16-2011, 08:39 AM
http://247sports.com/Article/Best-of-Stanford-Nike-Camp--25676 (free)


PALO ALTO, Calif.- Sunday’s Nike Football Training Camp on the campus of Stanford University featured many of the top prospects from the West for the Class of 2012 and a couple of 2013 standouts. This annual event is always talent-laden, but this year was particularly good as there were two five-stars and several Top247 prospects competing.

Davonte Neal, WR, Paradise Valley (Ariz.) Chaparral

Neal was the best wide receiver during one-on-ones and is hard to cover because of his shiftiness and speed. He also has hands and is a polished route runner. It was an interesting performance for Neal, the wide receiver MVP, because he worked out at cornerback at the Los Angeles Nike Camp and shined at that position as well. Neal has nearly 30 scholarship offers to his credit.

MoreManti5
05-18-2011, 04:47 PM
WR: Davonte Neal (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral)
Even though there was some good depth at the receiver position, Neal was on another level. Jaydon Mickens (Los Angeles, Calif./Dorsey) was the runner up and Kenny Walker (Sacramento, Calif./Kennedy) also received mention, but Neal really put on a show. He was so quick off the line, no one could jam him and he showed great explosiveness in and out of his breaks.

From ESPN.com about Nike camp.

MoreManti5
06-14-2011, 03:27 PM
What Neal may lack in size, he makes up for in acceleration and speed. Neal is a gifted, smooth athlete with the ball in his hands and a dangerous space player. He lacks great height and bulk and we are not sure due to his size he will not end up being a cornerback at the next level. Regardless, he will be a return specialist likely early and often in his collegiate career. Offensively Neal displays rapid acceleration off the line and runs with a low center of gravity. Can weave and get on the toes of the defender in such a hurry that they get flat-footed in their back pedal and it is over if he is going vertical. Neal shows decisive burst into and out of cuts and has huge upside to be a lethal route runner because of his feet and quickness and is already a threat in this area. Can play on the outside or inside and is dangerous on quick hitters and bubble screens behind the line of scrimmage. Shows quick hands and does not appear to fear working the middle of the field or making plays in traffic. Gets upfield immediately after the catch and is at his best in the open field where he can change directions and make people miss. On defense Neal has the physical tools you look for in a corner: hips, feet, change-of-direction and the ability to make up ground if caught out of position. He plays primarily in a bail technique keying the QB and breaking on the ball when the ball comes his way. Has showed toughness and willingness in run support. He is a good leaper ad will attack the ball in the air on both sides of the ball. Short area quickness and man-to-man cover skills are very impressive. He lacks size and strength at this stage to be a significant factor in the red area on both sides of the ball, but he will get stronger. His most dangerous attribute is his ability to make plays as a return man. He naturally has a feel for the crease, awareness of the set-up and where to exploit cover teams. He is sharp and decisive and does not do much dancing. Is a north/south type of runner in the return game and can flip field position in a hurry. Neal is one of those undersized athletes that has some natural tools you cannot coach. His special teams production alone makes him stand out. It will be interesting to see what side of the ball he gets recruited to play on. Very good player with nice speed.

We are behind Arizona, Ariz St. and USuC according to ESPN.

zimmsbg78
07-06-2011, 02:48 PM
http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/recruiting/football/news/story?id=6740944 (free)


No news on Neal

Good luck trying to get a read on Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral four-star athlete Davonte Neal. The 5-10, 175-pound Neal said he's not even thinking about the recruiting process, despite having offers from programs from coast to coast.

"I'm not even close to making a list," said Neal, the nation's No. 28 player. "I don't have a clue who my top five, top 10 or even top 20 would be. I'm not even close. I'm just trying to stay focused on what I'm doing -- school, football and academics. When the time comes to think about college football, I'll think about it, but that time isn't now."

Neal has offers from national programs such as Clemson, Florida State, LSU, Notre Dame, Miami, Penn State, Texas A&M and most of the Pac-12.

zimmsbg78
08-03-2011, 09:13 AM
http://www.azcentral.com/sports/preps/ne/articles/2011/08/02/20110802chaparral-davonte-neal-top-college-choices.html#ixzz1TusltTbL



Chaparral senior receiver/cornerback Davonte' Neal, 5-foot-10, 175 pounds, has narrowed his list of colleges to 13.

According to his father Luke, this is the list:

Arizona, Washington, Brigham Young, Utah, Boston College, Southern California, Ohio State, Auburn, Miami, Georgia, North Carolina, Louisiana State and Oregon State.

Missing is Arizona State, which was one of the first schools to offer Neal when he was a freshman.

"I just like the other programs," Neal said.

Neal said he will narrow his list to five some time during the season and will take official recruiting trips to those schools.

SouthernIrish
08-03-2011, 10:16 AM
also missing is ND.

KamaraPolice
08-03-2011, 11:43 PM
wow. his high school is literally 10 minutes north of ASU.

Even though phoenix SUCKS as a sports town and even more for college sports (save 1 season when jake plummer played qb and 1 season when mike bibby played pg down south) it's still a shame local talent cant be kept here.

Erickson needs to go.

MoreManti5
11-11-2011, 01:28 PM
Davonte Neal (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral), No. 29 in the ESPNU 150, has been as wide open as any prospect in the region and is still considering double-digit schools. The athlete has locked up his first official visit and will head to the Midwest in December.

Neal is one of the nation’s top two-way players and is currently rated the No. 2 player in the state as well as the No. 4 athlete in the nation. He’s equally talented at both receiver and cornerback and is being recruited on both sides of the ball.

“Davonte will take his first visit to Notre Dame (Dec. 9),” said Luke Neal, Davonte's father. “When we sat down and discussed the schools Davonte will visit, we talked about a lot of things but most importantly was taking care of yourself after football. Academics and specifically, the ability to network and a school with a strong alumni are very high on the list.

“When you consider those things, Notre Dame is tough to beat. They obviously have great tradition on the football field but we like what they offer off the field just as much and Davonte is excited to get out there and check it out. He’ll take all five visits for sure and after each visit, we’ll sit down and discuss the pros and cons. Once he’s done with all of his visits, I think he should have a good idea of where the best fit for him is.”

Neal, who will play in the Under Armour All-America Game on January 5, will not take any official visits during the season and if all goes well, will be playing in the state championship game November 26.

“That’s the plan,” Neal said. “We have a semifinal game this weekend and hopefully we can make it back to the finals. Once our season is over, I’ll focus more on recruiting but right now, I just want to win another state title.”

From ESPN.com, on the WeAreUSC blog. In your face, U$C.

ChicagoIrish
11-11-2011, 04:46 PM
wow. I did not think we had any shot here. The dad's quotes are very good for us. If they actually take the visit, who knows where we might stand? great news.

rikrok58
11-11-2011, 06:45 PM
Would Davonte be the slot guy for ND in this class?

JDNDSyrnafan
11-11-2011, 10:32 PM
Would Davonte be the slot guy for ND in this class?

The kid is electric. I never thought we were in play with him. His QB is going to Texas. But, Neal was the best player on the field, both games.

IrishFan123
11-28-2011, 09:04 AM
Cooks visited Neal this weekend

IrishFan123
11-28-2011, 05:53 PM
Will return the favor and visit ND Dec 9th

mcbri014
12-01-2011, 01:03 PM
I thought I read that we are his first OV and that everything would be compared to ND....

Neal is also the 1st player in Arizona to win Gatorade POY back to back years

zimmsbg78
12-07-2011, 09:03 AM
In addition to his OV to ND this weekend, Neal plans to OV Arkansas on January 20th and says he will "definitely" OV pOSU sometime in the near future.

IrishFan123
01-04-2012, 07:49 PM
Neal Showing Off (http://www.irishsportsdaily.com/recruiting/notre-dame-football-recruiting/6275-neal-showing-off)


ORLANDO, Fla. - The Class of 2012 is loaded with dynamic athletes, and that talent was on full display this week in Orlando. Players like Ronald Darby, Brian Poole, Cyrus Jones, Keith Marshall, Alton Howard, and Landon Collins have shown off their superior talent all week long of the Under Armour All-American Bowl practices.

Arizona athlete Davonte Neal (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral) showed he deserves to be mentioned in that group as he spent the week displaying his speed, talent, and versatility. Neal has had a blast in Orlando on-and-off the field.

“It was fun, I had a good time being coached by all the coaches out there,” Neal said of his Under Armour experience. “I’ve been meeting new people, meeting people I met from The Opening and Gridiron Kings like Angela Jean-Louis and Duke Jonson, good friends of mine. I had a good time out here with Connor Brewer as well.”

Neal began the week playing defense, but the thin numbers at wide receiver forced the Black team coaches to start playing him both ways.

The Chaparral standout is used to doing it all on the football field. As a high school senior he rushed for 1317 yards and added another 1113 yards receiving. He added 31 tackles and 12 pass breakups as a defensive back. Neal reached the end zone 35 times while leading Chaparral to a state championship.

After dominating on offense early on in practices, Neal was moved exclusively to offense and he responded by dominating during Tuesday’s practice session.

“I’m going out there to have fun, I’m playing to have fun,” Neal said of his strong practice performances. “Making plays is in my blood and that’s what I do and that’s what I did yesterday.”

Having the opportunity to again go against the nation’s best drove Neal to play his best.

“It’s good to be up against these guys again, have fun with these guys, and play with these guys again in pads,” Neal said. “It’s a lot more competition than before, it’s definitely high-tempo.”

Neal is a natural with the ball in his hands, but at the next level he is more than willing to play on either side of the football.

“I have no preference, I just want to play wherever they feel is best for me,” Neal said of where he wants to play on the next level before adding with a smile that he would really like to play both ways. “I’ll do both, yes sir.”

The 5-foot-10 athlete is open to doing whatever his college coaches want him to do, but he still has to figure out which college program will have to make that decision. Neal wanted to wait until after his senior season to kick the recruiting process into full gear, choosing instead to focus his attention on leading Chaparral to a championship. With that goal now accomplished he can focus his attention on the recruiting process.

Neal visited Notre Dame the weekend of December 8th, his first official visit. He enjoyed his visit to Notre Dame, but more are to come.

“It was really good,” Neal said of his visit to Notre Dame during the banquet. “I had a good time with the coaches, players, all the things they had out there for us. The campus was really nice and the people were really nice.”

It snowed in South Bend the weekend of Neal’s visit. That might scare off some Arizona student-athletes, but not Neal. Snow is nothing new to the Midwest-native.

“I was fine with the snow,” Neal said with a chuckle. “I’m originally from Akron, Ohio. I’ve lived in the snow before and I can live in it again.”

After Thursday’s game Neal will put his attention back on recruiting. He will visit Ohio State on January 13th and Arkansas on the 20th. He will take all five visits but has yet to decide who will get his final two visits. Neal is in no hurry to make a decision and has talked about waiting until after Signing Day to make his decision.

He has yet to decide where he is going to go to college, but Neal is certain of what that program will be like.

“Academics number one,” Neal said of what he is looking for in a college program. “The chemistry between the coaches and players and how they bond together. Then the school, who I feel comfortable with.”

Where he plans to go remains to be seen. One thing is for sure, wherever he goes to college there will be a battle between the offensive and defensive coaches to see who will get him on their side.

If Neal has his way both sides will be happy.

Akron Irish
01-04-2012, 08:52 PM
Akron - solid.

robdog_5
01-04-2012, 11:55 PM
Might favorite recruit who is still interested. I think he could be a player like this WVU guy im watching Austin. Killer slot prospect who also could play CB

IrishCrasher
01-05-2012, 10:53 PM
TD in the UA game

IrishFan123
01-10-2012, 08:43 PM
Neal likely will be a late signee - Football Recruiting - West Region Blog - ESPN (http://insider.espn.go.com/blog/ncfrecruiting/west/post?id=1742&action=login&appRedirect=http%3a%2f%2finsider.espn.go.com%2fblo g%2fncfrecruiting%2fwest%2fpost%3fid%3d1742)


Athlete Davonte Neal (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral) will take his second official visit this weekend to Ohio State. The athlete is planning to take all five of his visits and likely will wait to sign after signing day.

Neal took a December visit to Notre Dame and could take visits over the next four weekends before making his college choice.

“I’m visiting Ohio State this weekend,” Neal said. “This is like a homecoming for me. I’m from Ohio and grew up a Buckeye fan. I was a ball boy for a couple of games when I was a little, so I’m really excited to get to Columbus and check out the school. I also have Arkansas set for (Jan. 20) and then I’m still sorting out my last two visits.

jbrown_9999
01-10-2012, 09:53 PM
Neal likely will be a late signee - Football Recruiting - West Region Blog - ESPN (http://insider.espn.go.com/blog/ncfrecruiting/west/post?id=1742&action=login&appRedirect=http%3a%2f%2finsider.espn.go.com%2fblo g%2fncfrecruiting%2fwest%2fpost%3fid%3d1742)

Guess ND will wait a little longer to announce fifth years...

Purebred Irishman
01-20-2012, 05:03 AM
Neal Hosts Irish Staff (http://www.irishsportsdaily.com/recruiting/notre-dame-football-recruiting/6372-neal-hosts-irish-staff)


Davonte Neal’s (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral) busy week continued this evening as the four-star athlete hosted coaches from Notre Dame and Ohio State. Tomorrow Neal leaves for Fayetteville, Arkansas to take his third official visit to see Arkansas, so his busy week is just beginning.

Neal hosted Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly as well as receivers coach Tony Alford and cornerbacks coach Kerry Cooks.

“They brought three coaches with them, Coach Alford, Coach Cooks, and of course the big man (Kelly)," Neal said with a chuckle.

“It was a good visit for Notre Dame,” he said of his hour long meeting with the Irish staff members. "It was a good visit talking to those guys. It certainly helped the program because I got to know a lot more about them.”

According to Neal there was nothing new or revelatory about the visit with either staff. It was simply an opportunity to learn more about each school and continue to build a relationship with the staff.

“We pretty much talked about a lot of stuff, the stuff we are going over now is the stuff they have brought up before,” he explained. “It’s just a recap.”

The message from the Irish coaches has been consistent from the beginning, and it is one the Neal family finds intriguing.

“A big part of (my decision) is academics, they sell that very well,” Neal continued, explaining the message he is getting from the Notre Dame coaches. “That’s one thing they are selling the most.”

Academics will be a major factor in his ultimate decision, as will the relationship he is building with each staff.

“Academics is number one because I want to get a good education and have my education take me somewhere further than football,” Neal said of what matters most to him as he works through his ultimate decision. “Chemistry between the coaching staff and players is also important. How the players get along with each other and bond together.”

Building those bonds will be important to Neal. He wants to attend a school that is more like a family than anything else.

“If I get hurt I want to be somewhere where I am comfortable,” continued the four-star athlete. “If I’m comfortable around them I have someone to talk to, it’s like a second family.”

Obviously Neal is looking forward to excelling on the field, but he believes that football will largely take care of itself. He will consider the different systems and schemes each program runs, but ultimately that will not have as large of an impact on the decision he eventually makes.

That does not stop each school from going over with him how they see him fitting into their program on the field. Notre Dame continues to make clear how they see Neal.

“They want me to come in and play slot,” Neal said of the Notre Dame message. “Pretty much when I come in I would decide on my own my future and what I want to do as far as getting on the field.”

Neal excelled as a wide receiver, running back, and defensive back on Chaparral High School’s state championship team. He is willing to play both at the next level, but the Irish are the only program to bring up the potential of playing both at the next level. That is a possibility that Neal finds attractive.

Despite the fact National Signing Day is just two weeks away Neal is still somewhat in the early stages of his recruitment. As has been noted before he does not plan on signing his letter of intent on February 1.

“I’m still in the information gathering process,” Neal said, noting he is not feeling any pressure about making a decision. “We are still getting to know the coaching staffs a lot better. I don’t feel like I know everything right now because it’s still early in the process.”

Neal leaves tomorrow to head to Arkansas and will make a trip to Chapel Hill, North Carolina the following weekend for a visit with the Tar Heels. His final visit will be to Arizona the weekend of February 10.

After that trip Neal will sit down with all the information he has gathered and make a final decision.

zimmsbg78
01-26-2012, 10:58 AM
OU is making a push for Davonte. OU might end up getting one of his OV's instead of Arizona

More on Neal *$@#ing Urban..............

Dickman Reports Offer | Eleven Warriors (http://www.elevenwarriors.com/forum/football/2012/01/dickman-reports-offer)


2012 Scottsdale (AZ) Chapparal OT Alex Dickman just told me he received a full scholarship offer from Stan Drayton tonight during an in-home visit. Dickman also said he would not commit yet, but not to be surprised if he does soon, as his mom was a Buckeye. He told me he wasn't sure what was going on with Davonte Neal's visits, but that he wouldn't be surprised at all if he signs with OSU.

Before any of you ask, I DO NOT think this has any impact on Dodson. I actually can't even tell you 100% if this is a committable offer or just a way for Urban to have a Plan B in case something falls through. Or, it may even very well be a legit offer and they think he is a sleeper. Time will tell.

If this kid commits to OSU, you know it's legit. If that never happens, well, he didn't have a committable offer. I can't say much other than what the kid told me. Hope this helps.

Alex Dickman is Davonte's current teammate. Alex did not hold any DI offers................until now!

irishunclebill
01-26-2012, 12:35 PM
ND reportedly taking one last stab at Davonte as Martin & Alford are supposed to be doing an in-home visit tonight. According to the ISD story posted above Alford also visited Neal last week along with Kelly & Cooks.

irishunclebill
01-26-2012, 01:08 PM
Dad: Davonte' Neal won't go to ASU if John Sanders is hired (http://www.azcentral.com/sports/preps/ne/articles/2012/01/12/20120112asuj-football-davonte-neal-john-sanders-feud.html)



Dad: Davonte' Neal won't go to ASU if John Sanders is hired

by Richard Obert - Jan. 12, 2012 03:35 PM
The Arizona Republic | azcentral.com
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Luke Neal, father of highly recruited receiver/cornerback Davonte' Neal of Scottsdale Chaparral, is starting to set the recruiting chains in motion with Arizona State.

A meeting with ASU offensive coordinator Mike Norvell has been scheduled for Monday at Luke's Scottsdale gym. If that goes well, he said he will have his son meet with ASU, and then go from there. But it all hinges on whether former Scottsdale Saguaro coach John Sanders is hired at ASU.

If Sanders comes on board in some capacity at ASU, Luke Neal said that his son will stop considering going there, because of remarks Sanders made last year when Neal was awarded the Gatorade Arizona Football Player of the Year over then Saguaro quarterback Teddy Ruben.

Sanders said last year that he was stunned that Ruben didn't get the state's top honor from Gatorade over Neal, calling it "a crock."

Neal, who will visit Ohio State this weekend and Arkansas next weekend, repeated as Arizona Gatorade Player of the Year in 2011 after getting more than 1,000 yards both rushing and receiving and returning five kicks for touchdowns among his 35.

Saguaro senior running back D.J. Foster, who will make his last recruiting trip this weekend to Southern California, has ASU in the mix. He defended his coach after he was fired last week, despite leading the Sabercats to four state titles in five years.

But it's not a given a Sanders hire would solidify Foster to ASU. Foster is his own man, and he will go where he feels it will be best for him. He would still have ASU among his top schools whether Sanders is part of ASU's staff or not.

Neal's Dad seems to be who is going to make the final choice here. That actually may give the Irish some hope.

irishunclebill
01-30-2012, 12:07 PM
Neal like Anthony Standifer will not be signing an LOI anywhere this Wednesday. In both cases it appears the earliest we will see a decison is 2/13.

Dayton_Domer
02-01-2012, 06:03 PM
pOSU pulled his offer....

therizz
02-01-2012, 08:31 PM
We will see. Apparently Luke Neal denied the report. I'm not going to believe anything with this kid until he faxes in his LOI

iloveirish_12
02-01-2012, 10:33 PM
pOSU pulled his offer....

Why would they pull his offer and who would be the leader if they did?

ChicagoIrish
02-02-2012, 12:15 AM
they're supposedly full or can only take one more and will use it on Diggs. I think Meyer is sensitive to the oversigning issue and doesn't want to draw attention to himself while everyone is talking about it.

This is how I'm feeling about Neal right now:


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irishunclebill
02-06-2012, 02:19 PM
azcentral.com blogs - Richard Obert - Richardobert - Neal to announce Feb. 21 (http://www.azcentral.com/members/Blog/Richardobert/154508)


Neal to announce Feb. 21

Scottsdale Chaparral WR/DB Davonte' Neal will announce which college he will be attending on Feb. 21 at his Ahwatukee elementary school, Esperanza, his father Luke said today.

Luke Neal said he and his son hope to have the colleges down to three tonight. They will also discuss Arizona and Oklahoma some more.

Neal, 5-foot-10, 175 pounds, a PARADE All-American, is nominated for the Ed Doherty Award, which will be handed out during a luncheon on Friday to the state's best football player.

Scottsdale Saguaro RB D.J. Foster, who signed with Arizona State, also is nominated for the prestigous award.

Luke said he may drive his son to UA on Saturday for an unofficial visit.

Follow me at Twitter.com/azc_obert

Monday, February 6, 2012 at 10:02 AM

irishunclebill
02-06-2012, 10:03 PM
http://www.irishsportsdaily.com/isdblogs/coachd-blog/


Neal Inching Closer to Decision
Monday, 06 February 2012 00:27 Bryan Driskell

It has been a hectic week for Davonte Neal (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral) and his family. This past week one of Neal’s cousins was hit by a car as she waited for the school bus. Although the 15-year old is still in the hospital, she is improving and should be okay.

“She’s getting a lot better,” Luke Neal said of his son’s cousin, who is from his mother’s side of the family. “So far it’s going well.”

That accident put Neal’s recruiting on the backburner for a few days, but that does not mean recruiting has been put completely on hold. Quite a bit has happened with Neal over the last week. Ohio State, a team once considered the leader for Neal, is no longer an option. There were rumors that Davonte Neal tried to commit to the Buckeyes on Signing Day, something his father denies.

“That did not happen,” Neal said of the rumor.

Regardless of what happened, one thing is for sure, Ohio State is no longer an option for the talented Arizona athlete. Another school that is no longer under consideration is Oklahoma. Last night the Neal family sat down and discussed whether or not the Chaparral standout would visit in-state Arizona next weekend as was previously planned. There is a chance that Neal might not end up taking that trip and could decide to just end his recruitment without finishing all five visits.

As of right now a decision has not been announced as to whether or not Neal will make his final trip. The family is also ready to sit down and start discussing final options.

“We are going to have a meeting tonight to see what is going on,” explained the elder Neal of last night’s family meeting. “He may just narrow it down to make a decision. We’ll have a clearer picture of things.”

Neal was not sure which schools would still be on the list, but did say he believed the two schools his son most recently visited would still be in contention. Those two schools are Arkansas and North Carolina. Notre Dame is another school that is still in the mix to land the four-star athlete, thanks in large part to the fact the Irish staff has never tried to pressure Neal into rushing his decision.

“Oh yeah, definitely,” Neal said when asked if Notre Dame was still in the mix. “Notre Dame is the one school that has given Davonte the time and space he needs to make a decision.”

The Neal’s have yet to set a specific date for when Davonte Neal will commit, but Luke Neal did say he sees the process winding down soon.

“I think we’ll make the decision by the 21st (of February),” he concluded.

ISD will have more on Neal later in the week.

If the bolded part (not the part about pOSU being out, but rather the part where Dad says Davonte did not try to commit there on NSD) is all true it helps ND's chances here.

Also the earlier article from today had the Neal's trying to get down to 3 schools tonight, but there are apparently 4 schools still involved and this article basically confirms that. The 4 are ND, Arizona, Arkansas, and UNC. No Oklahoma which also helps ND's chances but at this point there are sufficient reasons for Neal to pick any of those 4 schools so whoever he selects at this point should not be a surprise.

mcbri014
02-06-2012, 11:01 PM
He originally said every visit would be compared to ND because he loved it. I know pOSU presumably jumped us after that visit. What were his post visit remarks to Arkansas and UNC? If he doesn't mention anything about those being the best visit then we might be sitting really good

a1ND
02-07-2012, 12:14 PM
just wanted to point out again that his dad only went on the ND OV...still not getting my hopes up yet though

irishunclebill
02-07-2012, 01:19 PM
just wanted to point out again that his dad only went on the ND OV...still not getting my hopes up yet though

Since his Dad has also micromanaged Davonte's recruitment that should be a very good sign. However ND seems to do better lately when Mom is in charge as opposed to Dad. It seems that a lot of the kids are eager to please Mom more than Dad. especially if Mom is a single Mom.

SouthernIrish
02-07-2012, 02:04 PM
24/7 BG has an article that suggests his DAD lists "his" top 2 schools that he would like Davonte to pick from. anyone know the jist of that article?

morrdave9
02-07-2012, 02:24 PM
UNC and ND. Basically what has been hinted at here - His dad really wants him at ND but he doesn't want to go there. Now dad is backing off of his pushing for ND so that it seems like he and Davonte will agree on a school.

Also, his cousin that was hit by a car the other day passed away.

Domer Dog
02-07-2012, 10:31 PM
UNC and ND. Basically what has been hinted at here - His dad really wants him at ND but he doesn't want to go there. Now dad is backing off of his pushing for ND so that it seems like he and Davonte will agree on a school.

Also, his cousin that was hit by a car the other day passed away.

Well that doesn't sound good. We're in the final 2, but the PLAYER doesn't want to go to ND. :wtf: I just don't see him coming. It was just like Armstead. Has had the opportunity, but keeps looking at different schools without pulling the trigger. It just seems like he doesn't want to come to ND, so I'll be shocked if he comes aboard.

NotreDameNate
02-08-2012, 12:48 AM
Same here. If he wanted to come to ND I think it would be done by now. Who knows though? Got a lot on his mind at that age, especially with the passing of his cousin.

Synoptico
02-08-2012, 07:53 AM
Same here. If he wanted to come to ND I think it would be done by now. Who knows though? Got a lot on his mind at that age, especially with the passing of his cousin.

You can make that argument about any school though.

Purebred Irishman
02-08-2012, 08:31 AM
Nothing new in this but it has some quotes from Davonte's dad

Irish still in the running for Davonte Neal | Inside the Irish (http://irish.nbcsports.com/2012/02/07/irish-still-in-the-running-for-davonte-neal/)


If Signing Day ended on a dour note, that lull between Signing Day and spring football might be filled with one final pleasant surprise. The Irish haven’t given up on chasing the final recruit on their board, Arizona’s Davonte Neal. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Neal, who led Chaparral High to back-to-back state championships is still considering Notre Dame, and has eliminated two very big fish from the running.

According to Jason Sapp of BlueandGold.com, Neal is no longer considering Ohio State or Oklahoma. “Oklahoma came in too late and Ohio State isn’t a good fit,” Luke Neal told Sapp.

The breakup with the Buckeyes is something that’s been rumored since Signing Day, when various reports said Ohio State wasn’t willing to take Neal’s commitment because their recruiting class had filled up. The elder Neal refuted that statement, but regardless of the truth, it sounds like Urban Meyer won’t be getting his hands on the two-way star.

According to Sapp’s report, Neal is going to commit on February 21st, ending a recruitment that’s long been planned to go well past Signing Day, as Davonte didn’t want to start the recruiting process until his season was over. Notre Dame has been among the leaders for Neal since day one, when Kerry Cooks was the first recruiter in the Neal’s house, and Notre Dame also received Neal’s first official visit, when both father and son headed to South Bend on December 9th.

In many ways, signing Neal could be the perfect band-aid for the Irish recruiting class. If Neal plays as a wide receiver, he could fill the rather large hole that was left when Deontay Greenberry left Notre Dame standing by the fax machine. If Neal plays cornerback in college, he could fill the hole left by Ronald Darby, who chose Florida State, and Yuri Wright, whose social networking exploits are a lesson for high schoolers everywhere.

The Neal family met for a reported three-hours on Sunday to get down to a final list of schools. Here’s what Luke Neal told Sapp about the Irish:

“You can’t go wrong with a school like Notre Dame academically. They graduate 98-percent of the players and it’s an opportunity to play on national television every week. The alumni base is strong and there’s coaching stability there. He’d have the opportunity to play right away and he loved the visit.”

NotreDameNate
02-08-2012, 09:50 AM
That's a good point Syn. Didn't look at it like that.

PDOGEMP
02-08-2012, 11:54 PM
Davonte Neal just joined the Bang Bang FB Group

en dee seattle
02-09-2012, 01:20 PM
this has to be good news:

Davonte’ Neal won’t take visit to Arizona - AG's Wildcat Report (http://tucsoncitizen.com/wildcatreport/2012/02/09/davonte-neal-wont-take-visit-to-arizona/)

IrishCrasher
02-09-2012, 01:24 PM
It's only the 9th and there has been some really good news about him. The article just posted, and the Bang Bang group. Do we really need to wait until the 21st?

PDOGEMP
02-09-2012, 02:24 PM
He is a Big Time Playmaker that Notre Dame needs

PDOGEMP
02-09-2012, 05:23 PM
In today in azcentral.com

Luke Neal said today that his son Davonte' won't take his last recruiting trip to Arizona (official or unofficial visit), mainly because of a family situation.

Last month, Neal, a two-time All-Arizona receiver/cornerback, had planned on taking his last recruiting trip to UA this weekend.

The Neals have shut down recruiting and will decide among Notre Dame, Arkansas, North Carolina and UA.

Luke said his son doesn't have a favorite.

What is most important in choosing the school?

"The ability to be able to play right away and to graduate," Luke Neal said.

Davonte Neal is up for the Ed Doherty Award on Friday, along with Scottsdale Saguaro running back D.J. Foster, at a noon luncheon at the Hilton Scottsdale Resort and Villas. It is the top football player of the year award that goes to the state's most valuable senior.

Neal ran for more than 1,000 yards and had more than 1,000 yards receiving and scored 35 touchdowns last season, leading Chaparral to a third consecutive state championship.

Other finalists for the award are Phoenix Desert Vista linebacker/running back Michael Arredondo, Chaparral quarterback Connor Brewer and Phoenix Northwest Christian running back Casey Jahn.

Neal will make his college announcement on Feb. 21 during a news conference at his Ahwatukee elementary school.

brownkj002
02-09-2012, 05:41 PM
In today in azcentral.com

Luke Neal said today that his son Davonte' won't take his last recruiting trip to Arizona (official or unofficial visit), mainly because of a family situation.

Last month, Neal, a two-time All-Arizona receiver/cornerback, had planned on taking his last recruiting trip to UA this weekend.

The Neals have shut down recruiting and will decide among Notre Dame, Arkansas, North Carolina and UA.

Luke said his son doesn't have a favorite.

What is most important in choosing the school?

"The ability to be able to play right away and to graduate," Luke Neal said.
Davonte Neal is up for the Ed Doherty Award on Friday, along with Scottsdale Saguaro running back D.J. Foster, at a noon luncheon at the Hilton Scottsdale Resort and Villas. It is the top football player of the year award that goes to the state's most valuable senior.

Neal ran for more than 1,000 yards and had more than 1,000 yards receiving and scored 35 touchdowns last season, leading Chaparral to a third consecutive state championship.

Other finalists for the award are Phoenix Desert Vista linebacker/running back Michael Arredondo, Chaparral quarterback Connor Brewer and Phoenix Northwest Christian running back Casey Jahn.

Neal will make his college announcement on Feb. 21 during a news conference at his Ahwatukee elementary school.

this is what luke neal has been saying about ND the whole time. we will have to see if nd pulls this one out.

PDOGEMP
02-11-2012, 12:49 PM
Here is a Video about Neal from ESPN



Latest in Davonte Neal's recruitment - ESPN Video - ESPN (http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=7560101)


yea and when you watch the video, ESPN spells Tee Shepard's Name: Tre Shepard, i guess the people that work at ESPN Learn nothing from having the Spelling Bee on ESPN every year.

rebuildtherocket
02-13-2012, 08:14 PM
If he loved his visit why would he tell his dad he didnt want to go there? And why would ND be in the running still?

iloveirish_12
02-14-2012, 11:03 PM
any news on him?

robdog_5
02-15-2012, 12:13 AM
He's made a choice but won't sign until the 21st.

PDOGEMP
02-15-2012, 07:02 PM
i think he is IRISH, because there is a Site that posted Bad Tweets from Michigan Commits, well they were gonna post Notre Dame's Commits Bad Tweets on the 14th but then pushed it back till the 21st the same day Neal Commits.

so im thinking he is ND because of this because the site wanted to add Neal's Tweets

robdog_5
02-15-2012, 07:19 PM
i think he is IRISH, because there is a Site that posted Bad Tweets from Michigan Commits, well they were gonna post Notre Dame's Commits Bad Tweets on the 14th but then pushed it back till the 21st the same day Neal Commits.

so im thinking he is ND because of this because the site wanted to add Neal's Tweets

Well he doesn't have a twitter name so probably not

domerhead
02-17-2012, 01:55 PM
I would venture to say that he will stay in state. Just basing this on his father's comment in this article:

Link (http://www.irishsportsdaily.com/recruiting/notre-dame-football-recruiting/6532-neal-nears-announcement)

“Arizona possesses a great opportunity because it's an in-state school and it’s close to home,” his father said. “He knows if something were to happen, he would be able to get back home and be around family. They also told him he’d be able to play on offense and return kicks as well.”

“It’s a huge relief,” said Luke. “Based on everything that’s happened to us in the past three weeks, I think that had a lot to do with his decision and him feeling comfortable with his decision about where he wants to play football for his next four years.”

wernd50
02-17-2012, 02:16 PM
Great (sarcasim)

iloveirish_12
02-17-2012, 04:28 PM
I am sick of hearing from his Dad. Let the kid have the spot light, not him.

a1ND
02-17-2012, 04:40 PM
I am sick of hearing from his Dad. Let the kid have the spot light, not him.

have you ever thought that maybe the kid doesn't want the spotlight so his dad is taking care of it for him?

Synoptico
02-17-2012, 04:43 PM
have you ever thought that maybe the kid doesn't want the spotlight so his dad is taking care of it for him?

Especially after your cousin passed away

NDisNCin2010
02-17-2012, 05:04 PM
so what do yall think here---do we have a good shot with neal as of today or do do tea leaves say otherwise?

therizz
02-17-2012, 05:14 PM
No way is he going to Arizona. He never visited the new staff with Rich R

marv81s
02-17-2012, 10:40 PM
so what do yall think here---do we have a good shot with neal as of today or do do tea leaves say otherwise?

not being a smart ass, but it is 50/50

personally, i think he picks ND

mlcspinner
02-18-2012, 08:37 AM
not being a smart ass, but it is 50/50

personally, i think he picks ND

my gut lately has been wrong but I have to agree with you :clover:

Domer Dog
02-18-2012, 11:04 AM
It certainly appears that the last comments about Arizona could leave the impression that choice is in state. However, it could also be read that he needs to do what he can for his future, and going to a place that will be a safe family environment with a strong education will do that. That said, if I had to put money down, I'd bet staying home. On the other hand, I tend to lose a lot of bets...

rebuildtherocket
02-18-2012, 02:01 PM
Based on what his dad said he is for sure going to Arizona. Unless he just likes misleading people how can that comment be taken otherwise?

Synoptico
02-18-2012, 03:07 PM
Based on what his dad said he is for sure going to Arizona. Unless he just likes misleading people how can that comment be taken otherwise?

The ND staff was the only staff to call with their condolences. Could have showed him that the staff views him as a person and not just a football player.

domerhead
02-19-2012, 10:50 AM
ND is my FAV college football team; could be the reason Neal chooses to go there...:signnd:

mbernie15
02-20-2012, 08:00 PM
Anyone know what time he is announcing?

irish in the ville
02-20-2012, 08:38 PM
I think I read assembly at his grade school is 9:00 am and announcement is 9:30 am, mountain time.

mirgarr
02-21-2012, 05:19 AM
Wowww he is the fasterst

NotreDameNate
02-21-2012, 09:30 AM
Keeping the ol' fingers crossed on this one. Would really love for him and his speed to come to ND.

domehead1
02-21-2012, 10:03 AM
Why am I numb to his announcement?

(No IUB it isn't the Vodka :)

irishunclebill
02-21-2012, 10:35 AM
Fox Sports Arizona is doing live coverage of this. I guess they even have a pre-game show as they are set to begin coverage at 11 AM ET, even though the announcement is supposed to be at around 11:30 AM ET. Anyway the link to get to the live stream is below.

Arizona Sports News, Video & Photos - FOXSportsArizona.com (http://www.foxsportsarizona.com/)

rebuildtherocket
02-21-2012, 10:39 AM
ESPN predicting ND will be his choice.

irishunclebill
02-21-2012, 11:34 AM
The guy Obert who is now being interviewed predicted ND last night, predicted Zona last week, and now he is trying to say Neal is wavering again. Like everyone else he also doesn't know. If the Fox guy says baited breath again I'm going to have to break my screen. Also I'm not sure why they are making such a big deal about the time, as of last night the announcement time was set for 9:30 which is only 4 minutes ago.

brownkj002
02-21-2012, 11:40 AM
The guy Obert who is now being interviewed predicted ND last night, predicted Zona last week, and now he is trying to say Neal is wavering again. Like everyone else he also doesn't know. If the Fox guy says baited breath again I'm going to have to break my screen. Also I'm not sure why they are making such a big deal about the time, as of last night the announcement time was set for 9:30 which is only 4 minutes ago.

baited breath :stickmove:

he is annoying

stew654
02-21-2012, 11:40 AM
Now the commentators are saying devonte and his dad are fighting about the decision with his dad wanting him to go to ND. Who knows where they get this

irishunclebill
02-21-2012, 11:41 AM
What a numbnutz this Fox dude is. To actually say as if he knows that it is a fact that Neal wants to go to AZ and his Dad wants him to go to ND is the height of irresponsible journalism. They should have had the Fox sports girl do this, at least the view would be better.

irishunclebill
02-21-2012, 11:45 AM
15 minutes late now. It is getting to be pretty embarassing for everyone involved. I wonder how the principal feels right now.

brownkj002
02-21-2012, 11:46 AM
What a numbnutz this Fox dude is. To actually say as if he knows that it is a fact that Neal wants to go to AZ and his Dad wants him to go to ND is the height of irresponsible journalism. They should have had the Fox sports girl do this, at least the view would be better.

i was thinking the same thing, he is stating it as fact. he is also getting his info from a grown man wearing an extra small shirt.

irishunclebill
02-21-2012, 11:49 AM
i was thinking the same thing, he is stating it as fact. he is also getting his info from a grown man wearing an extra small shirt.

If it really is true and it's the reason for the delay Dad would be better off just letting Davonte have his way. If he forces him to go to ND how long will he stay anyway.

stew654
02-21-2012, 11:50 AM
Thought he wanted to do this on his mom's bday. Now he is not showing?? wow that guy just buried the neal's

irishunclebill
02-21-2012, 11:54 AM
Neal making Terrelle Pryor look like a good guy.

NDgrandson
02-21-2012, 11:55 AM
The kids have gone back to class. Why was this going to be at an elementary school anyway?

irishunclebill
02-21-2012, 11:57 AM
The kids have gone back to class. Why was this going to be at an elementary school anyway?

It was Davonte's elementary school and it was supposed to be all about "this is where I got started." Now it will go down as one of the more memorable no shows in CFB recruiting history.

irishunclebill
02-21-2012, 11:58 AM
Why am I numb to his announcement?

(No IUB it isn't the Vodka :)

Apparently because you are either highly intelligent or psychic, or maybe both?

southbend62
02-21-2012, 12:01 PM
What a hot mess.

PDj
02-21-2012, 12:02 PM
Neal would be a great addition for this class.

It does not feel as if he has played the system as some recruits have. It seems that the family is truly having difficulty making a final selection.

Good luck with whatever the decision is. Here's hoping it is ND!

orange34
02-21-2012, 12:07 PM
Is it me ,or has this year's recruiting class had the most drama than year's past with Notre Dame? I'm just ready to move on to 2013! Best of luck to Neal making his choice.

IrishK
02-21-2012, 12:28 PM
The scene this morning was bizarre. CFB recruiting is really a spectacle. A ton of pressure on these kids so early on in their careers. ( see Landon Collins, Cyrus Kouandjio, etc. etc. )
Obviously DVN being Irish would be a big help moving forward, however it appears ( from afar ) AZ is where his heart is and should follow that instinct.
As with Amir Carlisle, if it turns out that his heart is in SB, transfer. The admin is seemingly becoming more accepting of them.

lowayne
02-21-2012, 12:45 PM
Is it me ,or has this year's recruiting class had the most drama than year's past with Notre Dame? I'm just ready to move on to 2013! Best of luck to Neal making his choice.

Aaron Lynch, Stephon Tuitt, Jordan Prestwood, and Amir Carlisle. Talk about plot twists!

wicket
02-21-2012, 01:15 PM
this was pretty funny tbqh, not in a good way but still

orange34
02-21-2012, 01:20 PM
Aaron Lynch, Stephon Tuitt, Jordan Prestwood, and Amir Carlisle. Talk about plot twists!

Yeah you're right. It's just seems that this year was really strange. We got those guys. I guess the whole Darby, Greenberry, Kiel and know the Neal saga. Just throws me for a loop I guess. I just wanted to throw this out there. Do you think that Urban Meyer came in at the last second to re-offer this kid? It wouldn't shock me.

IrishinTN
02-21-2012, 01:51 PM
Wow, how long does this kid sit on Santa's lap? What a cluster foxtrot. First time I actually tune in to a kids announcement via the web and he pulls a no show. "I knew where I wanted to go last week! We are all in agreement! Last night we are 100% ready!" Then he woke up and someone pissed in his corn flakes. I feel bad for that principal and the kids. What a waste of their time.

stew654
02-21-2012, 03:12 PM
O man this is great: Jason Sapp @BGI_JasonSapp Close
Announcement is back on for ATH Davonte Neal and set to take place at Kyrene de la Esperanza. #Arizona #Arkansas #NorthCarolina #NotreDame

mcbri014
02-21-2012, 03:23 PM
O man this is great: Jason Sapp @BGI_JasonSapp Close
Announcement is back on for ATH Davonte Neal and set to take place at Kyrene de la Esperanza. #Arizona #Arkansas #NorthCarolina #NotreDame

Haha wow

jimmyp3
02-21-2012, 03:23 PM
It has to be AU now right?????

Irish#1
02-21-2012, 03:28 PM
Saw something on another site that he is headed back to the school to announce. That's pretty brave considering the disruption to the school earlier.

From what I've been reading it's really up in the air. No one has posted anything that points to one school or the other. For all the solid arguements for one school, there's the same for the others.

We'll all be happy or bummed out shortly.

irishunclebill
02-21-2012, 03:31 PM
azc_obert Richard Obert
The school is waiting for Fox Sports Arizona to return for Davonte Neal signing...
5 minutes ago

Seriously?

irishunclebill
02-21-2012, 03:31 PM
azc_obert Richard Obert
The students will not reassemble for Davonte Neal signing. But principal said Davonte will go to each classroom and apologize.

No kidding!

irishunclebill
02-21-2012, 03:32 PM
azc_obert Richard Obert
Fox Sports AZ not coming to Davonte Neal signing. A scout Fox affiliate is here along with ProstoPreps.

:rofl:

stew654
02-21-2012, 03:37 PM
Seriously?

Word is now they are not coming suprise suprise

Irish#1
02-21-2012, 03:43 PM
Word is now they are not coming suprise suprise

Which is the way it should be. They need to stop making this like the Oscars.

irishunclebill
02-21-2012, 03:43 PM
Jake_Brown Jake Brown
Just got the head's up that I'll be recording a #NotreDame recruiting report tonight for @rivalsradio. What will I have to talk about?
21 minutes ago

Read into that what you will.

irishunclebill
02-21-2012, 03:44 PM
Irish.

irishunclebill
02-21-2012, 03:44 PM
azc_obert Richard Obert
Its official: Davonte Neal commits to Notre Dame

^^^

stew654
02-21-2012, 03:44 PM
crazy

IrishK
02-21-2012, 03:45 PM
Or, just commit....
Go Irish.

Irish#1
02-21-2012, 03:45 PM
irish!

irishunclebill
02-21-2012, 03:47 PM
azc_obert Richard Obert
Davonte Neal talking to ND Brian Kelly now. Kelly says he is standing by fax machine.

^^

irishunclebill
02-21-2012, 03:50 PM
The AZ curse is finally broken, or is it?

mcbri014
02-21-2012, 03:52 PM
Right on!

stew654
02-21-2012, 03:52 PM
and this from farrell, classy
Mike Farrell @rivalsmike
Dad wins, Neal to #NotreDame -- finally onto 2013

domehead1
02-21-2012, 03:54 PM
Numb feeling gone...I have tingly appendages though (vodka)

sreepointer
02-21-2012, 03:54 PM
He probably just didn't want to go to class today, so drug this thing out all day.:cheer::headbang:

irishunclebill
02-21-2012, 03:57 PM
InnaLazarev Inna Lazarev
Neals cite family issues as cause of delay this morning. Davonte says his decision has not wavered in the last 24 hours.
5 minutes ago


InnaLazarev Inna Lazarev
Says he's getting the best of both worlds in South Bend with academics and social life. About to put ink on paper... Twitter / Inna Lazarev: Says he's getting the best ... (http://pic.twitter.com/e49Ncw2C)
9 minutes ago

^^^

irishunclebill
02-21-2012, 04:00 PM
and this from farrell, classy
Mike Farrell @rivalsmike
Dad wins, Neal to #NotreDame -- finally onto 2013

Proof that despite his protestations to the contrary that Fatty does indeed have an inherent bias towards ND. I'd be embarassed to say he is from CT but there is so many embarassing things about CT these days that it doesn't really matter anymore.

Oh and BTW Fatty (finally onto 2013) I guess you don't think much of Standifer.

irishunclebill
02-21-2012, 04:07 PM
InnaLazarev Inna Lazarev
Neal is signed, sealed and delivered to Notre Dame! The fax is in and Davonte is currently on the phone with Coach Kelly.

way to go Inna.

southbend62
02-21-2012, 04:08 PM
I hope for the kid's sake, this was his decision--not his dad's.

IrishinTN
02-21-2012, 04:08 PM
Wow. Crazy.

irishunclebill
02-21-2012, 04:08 PM
http://i43.tinypic.com/2r4ptt2.png

Proof that 17 is always better than 16.

irishunclebill
02-21-2012, 04:15 PM
http://i43.tinypic.com/2r4ptt2.png

Proof that 17 is always better than 16.

Oh and despite all the angst and the gnashing of teeth take a close look at the last 5 pictures on that board.

Stanley- from Bishop Gorman.
Russell- from UW country.
Shumate- from Don Bosco.
Kiel- #1 QB on all of the recruiting boards.
Neal- ND finally lands an AZ recruit and an elite one at that.

It may not have been the greatest recruiting class in ND history but from a strategic recruiting standpoint going forward those last 5 names should create a lasting impression in addition to the fact that all 5 are highly skilled players to build a football team around.

irishunclebill
02-21-2012, 04:18 PM
I hope for the kid's sake, this was his decision--not his dad's.

As ND fans for our sake as well, but you're right if he was forced into this it will never work out.

wicket
02-21-2012, 04:18 PM
that should probably mean chris brown will be kicked outside, with his size that might be nice regardless

lowayne
02-21-2012, 04:33 PM
It takes some of the sting out of losing two 5* recruits at the end of the cycle, for sure.

NotreDameNate
02-21-2012, 05:16 PM
Welcome aboard young man! Great, great news!

IrishCrasher
02-21-2012, 05:33 PM
I am Pumped! Congrats Neal! Welcome to the ND Family.

Just awesome to finish the class with.

adamsfamily03
02-21-2012, 05:39 PM
Whoooooo hoooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

irishunclebill
02-21-2012, 05:50 PM
BTW our friends at ESPN had Neal ranked as the top ATH in this class and the #8 player in the entire nation. His commit to ND moved the Irish up to #9 in ESPN's final rankings.

SUBWAYDOMER
02-21-2012, 07:21 PM
This was huuuuuuuuge, great job by the IRISH coaching staff and community to bring this and all of the recruits into the family.

NDgrandson
02-21-2012, 07:43 PM
Looking forward to seeing him on the field for us.

Domer Dog
02-21-2012, 07:43 PM
I looked at his highlight reel that is posted on the Rivals website. This guy has exactly what we needed. Speed, moves, speed, quickness, speed, toughness, did I mention speed. His highlight tape is really good. Reminds me of Golden Tate. He will be good and makes this WR corp better.

Despite Tee's cousin in Houston (really!!!), this ended up being a really good class of receivers. I think Brown also has the type of talent we[ve needed, and ferguson is really strong and is going to surprise people over the enxt four years.

mlcspinner
02-21-2012, 07:44 PM
very good news for the Irish

NDGirlzRock
02-21-2012, 08:52 PM
This is awesome!!!

Welcome to a very very very good 40 year decision!!!

NDisNCin2010
02-21-2012, 10:25 PM
F-ing aaaaayyy babby!

Go Irish!

Go Davonte!

Kiel to Neal!

zimmsbg78
02-22-2012, 08:32 AM
Neal Says ND (http://www.irishsportsdaily.com/recruiting/notre-dame-football-recruiting/6554-neal-says-nd) (free)


In the end, Davonte Neal proved to be worth the wait…at least for Notre Dame.

The 5-foot-10, 175-pound athlete from Scottsdale, Ariz., just signed his National Letter of Intent with the Irish, almost three weeks after National Signing Day for the 2012 class. But Neal, who made the announcement from his former elementary school, was operating on his own timetable from start to finish.

He didn't arrive at a press conference scheduled on Tuesday morning before returning a few hours later to make the decision.

The receiver/defensive back refused to seriously consider his multitude of options until after completing his senior season by leading Chaparral High School to its third straight state championship. As soon as that goal was accomplished, Notre Dame assistant Kerry Cooks was in Neal’s living room and South Bend was Neal’s first official visit.

He also took official visits to Arkansas and North Carolina and chose the Irish over a final four that included the Razorbacks, Tar Heels and in-state Arizona.

Neal completes a 17-man 2012 recruiting class for Notre Dame and will surely help cushion the signing-day blow that came in the form of California wide receiver Deontay Greenberry spurning the Irish to sign with Houston in the final stages of the process.

Notre Dame hasn’t told Neal exactly where he’ll play, but it’s clear a player of his caliber has the potential to help in all three phases. The consensus four-star prospect with 4.4-speed could play slot receiver or defensive back and could definitely have an impact in the return game.

Irish Sports Daily’s Bryan Driskell called Neal, “one of the most dynamic and versatile players in the country.”

As a senior, Neal rushed for 1,317 yards and added another 1,113 as a receiver while scoring 35 total touchdowns. In the state championship game, he had 220 yards rushing, 107 yards receiving and scored three touchdowns.

“He dominates as a wide receiver, out of the backfield on offense, as a lockdown cornerback, and as a dangerous and explosive return man,” added Driskell. “Neal is a dynamic athlete, especially with the ball in his hands. He possesses outstanding agility and quickness, possessing the ability to make sudden moves that embarrass defensive players in space.

“Out of the backfield he has excellent suddenness and does a great job attacking north-south after his first cut. When he gets to the second level, he is difficult to bring down. Neal is also a strong player for his size and possesses the ability to break arm tackles. His balance and quickness also allows him to bounce off tacklers in space, making him extremely difficult to bring down with just one defender.

“As a receiver, Neal shows excellent hands and ball skills. He also has tremendous leaping ability and timing, something that allows him to overcome his lack of height. His quickness and instincts should allow him to develop into a dynamic route runner in the slot at the next level. His suddenness and strength makes him hard to jam off the line.”

Neal’s speed and athleticism also help him at corner.

“Neal has excellent quickness and fluid hips on the defensive side of the ball,” said Driskell. “He does a good job reading receivers and getting a jump on the football. Despite his lack of size he does a nice job coming up and form tackling.”

During the process, Neal also gathered scholarship offers from schools like Auburn, Florida State, LSU, Ohio State, Oklahoma, USC, Miami, Penn State and Washington among several others.

Purebred Irishman
02-22-2012, 11:30 AM
After missing first press conference, Neal picks Irish | Inside the Irish (http://irish.nbcsports.com/2012/02/21/after-missing-first-press-conference-neal-picks-irish/)

Quote from BK on landing Davonte's LOI


However things shook out, this time the fax came to South Bend. Landing Neal is a major recruiting victory for Brian Kelly, who spoke more than once with Davonte in the past 24 hours. The Irish will immediately upgrade their return game, not to mention add a player that can make an impact in both the run and pass game.

“Deciding on a college is one of the toughest decisions a young player makes in his life, so we are very pleased with Davonte’s decision to attend Notre Dame,” Kelly said in a statement. “Davonte was an electric playmaker in high school and was capable of making the big play any time he had the ball in his hands. He excelled as a receiver, as a running back and as a returner for Coach (Charlie) Ragle at Chaparral High School. I imagine we’ll use him in a similar fashion here.”

Purebred Irishman
02-23-2012, 04:49 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3XgeP1QdOyk

lowayne
02-23-2012, 11:36 AM
Watching some vids, he seems like a TJ Jones with a touch more top end speed burstiness. Eh?

NotreDameNate
02-23-2012, 12:04 PM
Personally I think he's more of a polished WR Riddick to me. Just my thoughts, but he doesn't seem to go down easily at all.

NDgrandson
02-23-2012, 01:03 PM
Personally I think he's more of a polished WR Riddick to me. Just my thoughts, but he doesn't seem to go down easily at all.

Right on witht that. His speed is because of or in spite of his lower body strength. Almost like a faster, smaller Hughes. Neal is solid and I cant believe he stays on his feet after the hits in his highlight film.

ab2cmiller
02-24-2012, 10:10 AM
Both DD and IE have a couple of posts stating that ESPNU was reporting that the family emergency that caused the Neals to miss the original announcement was that Luke Neal's cousin had been shot and killed around midnight the night before.

mlcspinner
02-24-2012, 10:30 AM
[QUOTE=ab2cmiller;293519]Both DD and IE have a couple of posts stating that ESPNU was reporting that the family emergency that caused the Neals to miss the original announcement was that Luke Neal's cousin had been shot and killed around midnight the night before.[/QUOTE

awful news if its true

zimmsbg78
02-24-2012, 10:44 AM
Both DD and IE have a couple of posts stating that ESPNU was reporting that the family emergency that caused the Neals to miss the original announcement was that Luke Neal's cousin had been shot and killed around midnight the night before.

ESPNU video...........

Davonte Neal Commits To Notre Dame - ESPN Video - ESPN (http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=espn:7601359)

bluedevilmcbx
02-27-2012, 03:05 PM
Has withdrawn from Scottsdale Chaparral High...the drama continues...

NDisNCin2010
02-27-2012, 03:18 PM
what the??

bluedevilmcbx
02-27-2012, 03:50 PM
Brian Kelly on WR Davonte Neal withdrawing from HS (http://notredame.247sports.com/Board/87/Brian-Kelly-on-WR-Davonte-Neal-withdrawing-from-HS-8071490/1)


Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly says he doesn't envision any issues concerning wide receiver signee Davonte Neal after he withdrew from his high school.

He notes that the situation is being looked at now and will get taken care of,.

Jason Sapp's quick report.

jbrown_9999
02-27-2012, 05:34 PM
Brian Kelly on WR Davonte Neal withdrawing from HS (http://notredame.247sports.com/Board/87/Brian-Kelly-on-WR-Davonte-Neal-withdrawing-from-HS-8071490/1)



Jason Sapp's quick report.

http:// http://www.azcentral.com/members/Blog/Richardobert/156146

Seems as if has enrolled at a different high school. Phoenix Central.

lowayne
02-27-2012, 06:31 PM
Davonte seems to really be going through it right now.

Purebred Irishman
02-28-2012, 08:45 AM
Rivals.com Football Recruiting - Notre Dame-bound Neal switching high schools (http://footballrecruiting.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1336662)


Add one more chapter to the bizarre recruiting saga of Notre Dame-bound wide receiver Davonte Neal.

Neal signed with Notre Dame last week after failing to show up for an elementary school assembly at which he was expected to announce his college choice. He cited a family emergency for the misunderstanding. Now he has withdrawn from Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral High School in the second semester of his senior year.

The Arizona Republic reported that Neal will finish high school at Phoenix (Ariz.) Central.

Luke Neal, the four-star recruit's father told IrishIllustrated.com that Neal graduate on time this spring. Luke Neal also indicated that Notre Dame officials already had spoken with Neal's high school guidance counselor.

"[Davonte], the school and Notre Dame are all on the same page right now," Luke Neal told IrishIllustrated.com on Monday.

Luke Neal didn't give a reason for the transfer but said it had been planned for a while. Luke Neal also said he would have further contact with Notre Dame officials in the next 24 hours.

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly told the South Bend Tribune the school is in the process of getting an up-to-date report.

"There are a lot of things, that from our standpoint, we're still getting information in on," he told the paper Monday afternoon. "But he's going to have his academics taken care of, and that's really the most important things for us."

Rivals.com national recruiting analyst Mike Farrell, who has covered recruiting for more than a decade, said he was surprised to hear the news.

"For a kid that was from my understanding on his way to qualifying, it's pretty unusual," he said. "I've seen kids leave in the fall to go to a different school because they want to get their grades together, but for a kid to leave in his spring semester is pretty rare."

Farrell also is concerned by what it could mean.

"It's going to be interesting to see," he said. "From the beginning of the process, there were some schools that lost interest in him early because of certain family issues there. Then Ohio State dropped him because of certain family issues. Then you have the whole standing up the elementary kids because of family issues. And now he's leaving a well-established school that produces D-I kids and has a head coach who's well respected. In my experience over the years, kids with this much drama surrounding them rarely pan out."

Chaparral football coach Dave Huffine, who was the school's offensive coordinator last season, offered little insight into the situation when reached by the Republic.

"It's a personal matter and I wish him the best of luck," he told the paper.

Neal, No. 17 wide receiver and No. 107 overall prospect in the 2012 recruiting class, waited three weeks after National Signing Day before selecting Notre Dame over Arizona, Arkansas and North Carolina. He gained a bit of unwanted notoriety as he didn't show up for a scheduled Tuesday morning press conference to announce his decision and stood up hundreds of Phoenix (Ariz.) Kyrene de la Esperanza Elementary School students in the process.

Neal had planned his conference at the elementary school he attended as a way to honor some of the people who had helped him achieve his dreams. He did arrive at the school later that afternoon and apologized for his absence, citing the family emergency.

Notre Dame is counting on Neal to fortify a receiving corps that must replace the production of record-setting wideout and potential first-round draft pick Michael Floyd. Neal's decision to attend Notre Dame helped the Irish make up for the loss of Rivals100 receiver Deontay Greenberry, who made a surprising Signing Day switch to Houston after being committed to Notre Dame for almost a year.

Neal, a two-time Gatorade state player of the year, compiled 2,020 receiving yards and 27 touchdown catches over his last two seasons at Chaparral. He rushed for 1,317 yards and caught 62 passes for 1,113 yards as a senior.

wernd50
02-28-2012, 09:38 AM
i hope this kid does not turn out to be a head case. i.e. chris martin

NDisNCin2010
02-28-2012, 10:16 AM
IrishIllustrated.com - Neal transfers, Kelly confident (http://notredame.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1336764)

lowayne
02-28-2012, 10:17 AM
i hope this kid does not turn out to be a head case. i.e. chris martin

What? Really? The kid has had two family members die within the last couple of months.

IrishinTN
02-28-2012, 02:15 PM
Within one month, actually.

iloveirish_12
05-02-2012, 09:07 PM
Is he playing CB or WR?

DublinIrish
05-03-2012, 03:32 AM
WR

HoffVir
05-25-2012, 01:24 PM
Richard Obert @azc_obert
Notre Dame-signee WR/DB/KR Davonte' Neal graduated Thursday with Central HS seniors, & improved test score. Ready for next chapter in life.
1:22 PM - 25 May 12

robdog_5
05-25-2012, 02:16 PM
need this guy to make an impact. Hoping at least in the return game hopefully as slot/RB as well

Purebred Irishman
06-01-2012, 08:56 AM
http://irish.nbcsports.com/2012/05/31/freshman-focus-davonte-neal/related/


(The fourth in a multi-part series profiling select members of the incoming class of 2012. The more, see wide receiver Chris Brown, safety Elijah Shumate, and defensive lineman Jarron Jones.)

There should have been more celebrating by ND Nation when Davonte Neal, the player of the year in Arizona, and the No. 8 player in the country according to ESPN, committed to the Irish. But Neal’s signing day circus took some air out of the Irish sails, after he airmailed his own press conference and rumors swirled about Neal and his family being in disagreement over where he was going to play, with some reporting that the Irish weren’t Davonte’s first choice.

Yet after a season where just about every 50/50 break went against the Irish, Neal signed on the dotted line and the Irish got one of the best two-way athletes in the country. At 5-foot-10, 180-pounds, Neal has lightning quick speed and could make an immediate impact in all three facets of the game: a dynamic slot receiver, a shutdown cornerback, and a game-breaking return man.

Let’s take a closer look at what Neal will be bringing to South Bend in the next two weeks.

The Skinny: Neal was arguably the most coveted skill player in the Southwest, a terrific football player with offers from some of the best programs in college football, including LSU, Arkansas, Florida State, Ohio State, Oklahoma and USC. He should immediately help a struggling Irish punt return game and compete for time in the slot, where Robby Toma’s solid-but-not-spectacular play will get him starting reps. With the loss of Tee Shepard, Neal could also step in at cornerback, a position he was recruited at as well.

How Ready is he? Very ready it would seem. Of the non-early entry players, Neal is probably the closest to college ready, especially with the training work he’s been doing in preparation for Notre Dame. Depending on how the Irish split reps at the slot, Neal should be in the rotation almost immediately.

Best Case Scenario: The Irish might have one of the most dynamic offensive weapons in the freshman class. He’ll immediately fix the fair catch woes that have plagued the Irish in the punt return game, and he’ll be the explosive slot player the Irish thought they had in Theo Riddick. It may be way too optimistic (but that’s what best case scenarios are for, right?) but Neal could end up the starting slot receiver by season’s end. He also could end up moonlighting as a nickel cornerback, giving the Irish a presence on both sides of the ball.

Worst Case Scenario: Neal still needs to learn the Irish playbook, slowing him down a few steps while he’s thinking. Regardless of how good a punt returner a prospect is in high school, once he’s returning them in front of 80,000 fans, it’s a different game. Neal might one day end up returning kicks, but Brian Kelly still trusts John Goodman to simply retain the ball. At 5-foot-10 and only 180-pounds, Neal might take some time physically to get ready to play, relegated to bit-role duty during his first season with the Irish. (The uber-worst scenario is that Neal continues his transfer trend, something he did shortly after signing day when he left Chaparral High School for Phoenix’s Central High.)

What Should Make People Happy: Neal contributes on special teams, makes a few big plays in the passing game, and pushes his way into the receiving rotation. The secondary plays well enough that they don’t need Neal, and he’s a legitimate option for Chuck Martin’s offense.

How Badly Do the Irish Need Him? On a scale of 1-10, Neal is probably 8, when you consider both Theo Riddick and Robby Toma are exiting, with Cierre Wood potentially on his way out after this year, too.

One Tidbit for the Road: Neal and first round draft pick Michael Floyd connected after Floyd was taken by Neal’s hometown Arizona Cardinals. Neal hopes to wear the No. 3 jersey as a tribute to Floyd, but equipment manager Ryan Grooms has his hands full trying to sort that mess out, as the jersey is already assigned to running back Amir Carlisle.

HoffVir
06-16-2012, 11:21 AM
RICHARD OBERT
Neal ready for life at Notre Dame

Davonte’ Neal celebrates his 19th birthday on Saturday, gets on a plane for South Bend on Sunday and starts his first courses at Notre Dame on Monday.

Like one of his darting moves into the end zone, four years went fast for the wide receiver/defensive back/kick returner who attended three high schools, won two Gatorade Arizona Football Player of the Year awards and was part of two state championship teams at Scottsdale Chaparral.

In his wake, he left critics and naysayers questioning whether he will make it before the zoom lens that is Notre Dame football.

He has had counsel from wide receiver Michael Floyd, who is now being mentored by Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald as he transitions from Notre Dame and prepares for his first NFL season. Incidentally, both receivers wore the No. 3 during their respective college and high school careers.

“Mike and I have talked a lot and he has told me what to expect and how Notre Dame will help me succeed, not just in football but in life,” Neal said. “That is what I was always looking for in a college. I know some colleges, it’s all about football. But Notre Dame makes sure you do your class work and you do it well. They teach you priorities.”

Luke Neal, who trained his son with speed and conditioning work since he was little and often had him run up an Ahwatukee hill he dubbed “Thrill Hill,” will accompany his son on Father’s Day, but he said he will remain in Scottsdale, running his personal training business, as his son starts big-time college football.

There appears to be an immediate need for cornerback at Notre Dame, but Davonte’ said that he is coming in as a receiver and kick returner and will see what happens after he gets there. He gets thrown right into academics and the football conditioning program.

“I’ll do my part,” Neal said. “That’s all I can do. I’ll work hard. I’ll show everybody else that I’m working hard as a freshman. We all have to work hard, because we all want the same goal, and that’s to win a national championship. We’re a team. We’re a team. We’re going to be together now for three, four years.”

Neal, 5-foot-10, 175 pounds, the state’s only receiver who had more than 1,000 yards receiving and rushing last season, said he looks back with no regrets in high school

. He started at receiver and safety his freshman year at Laveen Cesar Chavez, where he said he felt he benefitted from learning under Jim Rattay, whom he described as “a Hall of Fame coach.” He said he was grateful for being part of two state championship teams at Chaparral. And he said it felt only fitting to end it this past semester back in the Phoenix Union High School District, graduating from Central.

“I lived in Ahwatukee, Scottsdale and south Phoenix and everything has been a good experience,” he said. “I gained something from everywhere I’ve been.”

Neal faced criticism in February when he didn’t attend the orchestrated media event at an Ahwatukee elementary school to announce his Notre Dame decision, only to show up hours later to sign the letter of intent.

But he said he can only move forward to the next chapter in his life and remain humble.

“My biggest thing is just do my part,” Neal said. “Then after I do what I do, lead by example.”

He is not worried about the microscope and the sudden rise in competition. His father often put Davonte’ on teams with players older than him.

“I’ve been prepared for it all my life, going against kids who are older than me all of my life,” Neal said. “That’s the reason why we did it, because we knew this day would come in college, playing against people who are three years older than me, four years older than me. I’m kind of used to it.

“And the level of competition, when that goes up, that’s when my games goes up.”

Neal’s first game will be Ireland, where Notre Dame will open the season against Navy.

“It’s going to be fun,” he said, “but it’s a business trip. We have to go up there and handle business. We know we have a game to play up there. We’re not going to get too sidetracked on, ‘It’s Ireland.’ ‘’

Neal looks forward to the national spotlight that is Notre Dame football.

“It is exciting, but everyone knows TV can be a distraction,” he said. “You’re not so much playing for the TV, but you’re playing for the alumni and coaches and your teammates. But it’s going to be exciting that everyone in Arizona will get to see me play, everyone in Ohio will get to see me play. But ultimately I’m focused on going out there and working and winning games.”

Neal has family in the Akron, Ohio, area he hasn’t seen in eight years. That was one of the main reasons why he chose Notre Dame.

“By sophomore year, when I get situation and have a car and have free time, I can go there and see them,” he said.

Neals realized there are some out there waiting for him to fail. But that has always motivated.

"The only opinion that matters is that from my family and my coaches," Neal said. "It's all about staying grounded, staying humble, staying positive."

http://www.azcentral.com/members/Blog/Richardobert/164499

stonebreakerwasgod
06-26-2012, 04:13 AM
Looks like Neal and RB Russell will both get looks at CB when practice starts.

stonebreakerwasgod
07-03-2012, 06:38 PM
@TJamesISR: Random rant: When I hear people say playing Davonte' Neal on defense would be a waste, I laugh and shake my head.

marv81s
07-03-2012, 11:04 PM
i have to laugh and shake my head that want this kid to play on D. He could be a good CB, but he is going to be an all american at WR.

so all of those that insist on this talk about him playing CB, I say this. Not. Going. To. Happen.

JDNDSyrnafan
07-04-2012, 01:23 AM
I think because we are deeper at the receiver position, you might see Neal at DB. I sure hope we see him returning punts.

adamsfamily03
07-04-2012, 02:29 PM
I hope you're right Marv!!!!! I'll take an All American at ANY position......



i have to laugh and shake my head that want this kid to play on D. He could be a good CB, but he is going to be an all american at WR.

so all of those that insist on this talk about him playing CB, I say this. Not. Going. To. Happen.

stonebreakerwasgod
07-06-2012, 10:03 PM
Richard Obert‏@azc_obertLuke Neal said he cud hardly recognize his son Davonte' during short break home from Notre Dame. Says 10-12 pounds heavier with muscle.

NotreDameNate
07-07-2012, 11:00 AM
That's what I like to hear!

NDgrandson
07-07-2012, 01:28 PM
Richard Obert‏@azc_obertLuke Neal said he cud hardly recognize his son Davonte' during short break home from Notre Dame. Says 10-12 pounds heavier with muscle.

No. That's beer!

NDgrandson
08-08-2012, 09:49 PM
Davonte has been one of the most impressive players I've seen onthe clis so far. He is super quick and fast. Quick twitch zero to fast immediately. I think he gets signifiant PT this year.

irishunclebill
08-23-2012, 07:17 PM
I think because we are deeper at the receiver position, you might see Neal at DB. I sure hope we see him returning punts.

Your wish has been granted. Davonte was named today as the starting punt returner for the Navy game.

LOVEMYIRISH
08-23-2012, 07:40 PM
Your wish has been granted. Davonte was named today as the starting punt returner for the Navy game.

They must believe in him and want to get him experience NOW... Good stuff!!!

Sxy Mofo
09-16-2012, 09:28 AM
Can we talk about this guy for a second? You heard the transfer talk, that he didn't want to be at ND, (I'm not sure who said those things, but I remember reading them). What a valuable player he is. The last few years, it seemed punt returning was a "you do it.. no, you do it.. no, you" type of job for us. He wants to be there and it's refreshing. He definitely makes me feel comfortable. I'm glad davonte is on our side.

Domer Dog
09-16-2012, 10:06 AM
True true, Mofo, but the reason no one wants the job is because it's the returner against 11 guys. Its been three years and still not one body is blocked on a punt. The only return Neal was able to make last night was because the kick was a low line drive, otherwise, their are 9 guys surrounding him by the time the ball gets there. I've honestly never seen any thing like it. I watched two punts last night in slow motion, and we seem to have the theory that is players on the punt team have to run around us that will depay them enough. Neal could be a tremendous punt return asset if we ever give him any time to catch and return.

ND from NE
09-16-2012, 10:27 AM
I agree, maybe they could watch some Holtz video to see how we consistently were a threat with Tim Brown and the Rocket

HoffVir
09-16-2012, 10:27 AM
A lot of it is ND playing a "safe return", trying to guard against a fake. If Neal has the space to return one, he's going to have to beat 1, 2, maybe 3 guys to get a decent return.

IrishCrasher
09-16-2012, 12:58 PM
I will predict that he will run back at least two this year. Figure out a blocking scheme for him and I would go higher with that. He is electric with the ball.

jerseyborn1971
09-16-2012, 01:02 PM
Neal needs to make better decisions with what he tries to field and what he lets go. To be expected right now though.

NotreDameNate
09-16-2012, 02:13 PM
We are getting some serious talent on this team. I'm with you IC, this kid is electric with the ball. I can't wait to get his role expanded some more. I love the direction Kelly has us going. The pieces are starting to fall into place I think.

jbrown_9999
09-16-2012, 02:23 PM
I agree, maybe they could watch some Holtz video to see how we consistently were a threat with Tim Brown and the Rocket

Has the rule about how soon the kicking team can run down field been changed? Perhaps some serious attempts to block a punt would cause teams not to release down field so soon.

ACamp1900
09-16-2012, 02:46 PM
What needs to happen is even basic blocking on punt returns... I understand why bk hasn't but you have to giv playmakers a chance at some point.

njuneardave
09-16-2012, 03:28 PM
like i said, kelly has been playing it ultra conservative on punts for some time now since he was burned a few times early in his tenure. id suspect that we are better at setting up returns in obvious non-fake situations. i'll keep my eye out to see if that holds true

en dee seattle
09-16-2012, 04:58 PM
Can we talk about this guy for a second? You heard the transfer talk, that he didn't want to be at ND, (I'm not sure who said those things, but I remember reading them). What a valuable player he is. The last few years, it seemed punt returning was a "you do it.. no, you do it.. no, you" type of job for us. He wants to be there and it's refreshing. He definitely makes me feel comfortable. I'm glad davonte is on our side.

Mofo, can you elaborate about the transfer talk? I must have missed that. I know he transferred high schools. Never heard about noise about ND.

NotreDameNate
09-16-2012, 05:39 PM
I don't think it was so much as wanting to transfer, I think it was more he wasn't quite sure about signing his LOI with us.

en dee seattle
09-16-2012, 08:33 PM
thanks, NDN.

Sxy Mofo
09-16-2012, 09:12 PM
thanks, NDN.

Ya.. That. Or, like it was more his dads decision on ND than his

LOVEMYIRISH
09-16-2012, 11:03 PM
Punt returns tend to be small.

http://www.cfbstats.com/2011/leader/national/team/offense/split01/category04/sort01.html

Averaging 8.4 yards would have made a team "above average" last year.

HoffVir
12-08-2012, 11:24 AM
Mike Farrell ‏@rivalsmike
Working on article on highly-ranked guys from 2011, 2012 and 2013 who will break out next season. Davonte Neal is good example. #NotreDame
11:21 AM - 8 Dec 12

HoffVir
03-26-2013, 10:30 PM
Jason Sapp ‏@BGI_JasonSapp
BREAKING: Davonte' Neal transferring from #NotreDame. All the details inside... (VIP) http://bit.ly/ZpfQQD #ND #Irish
10:29 PM - 26 Mar 13

FONZIE993
03-26-2013, 10:36 PM
well that's shocking.

marv81s
03-26-2013, 10:37 PM
See ya Neal

at least he isn't leaving for some stupid reason. I believe the reason for him leaving is family related. I think he has a baby now and he wants to be closer to home. I would hope he would stick it out and get that ND degree just in case the football thing doesn't work out for him, but not going to happen

brownkj002
03-26-2013, 10:39 PM
Was hoping this was April fools day but realized it's still March. Crappy news.

JMR8
03-26-2013, 10:48 PM
this sucks! i know he hasn't proved much yet, but he was a great athlete and provided depth. we need depth! especially at the slot.

mcbri014
03-26-2013, 10:50 PM
He just spent his spring break training with Big Lou, Kendall Moore, and Malik Zaire in Arizona!

NDAlumSon
03-26-2013, 10:56 PM
He just spent his spring break training with Big Lou, Kendall Moore, and Malik Zaire in Arizona! Maybe those guys can talk some sense into him.

NotreDameNate
03-27-2013, 12:52 AM
Damnit! There was something about this kid I really liked too.

Synoptico
03-27-2013, 08:22 AM
Maybe those guys can talk some sense into him.

Probably was the opposite. I believe he has a 6 week old (coiuld be wrong) and spending time and working out at home probably had a big impact.

BigIrish
03-27-2013, 09:13 AM
If it's about a kid, he's gone, baby, gone. And I don't blame him. Kudos for wanting to be closer to his kid.

IrishCrasher
03-27-2013, 09:45 AM
Its too bad Davonte didn't have a girlfriend like Teo.....we wouldn't be dealing with this shit right now.

eric_navy
03-27-2013, 11:08 AM
It's tough when a kid is involved. Cierre and David Bruton both had babies, and I'm sure plenty of other Irish FB players that I don't know about. I think he and his family would have been best served by him graduating from ND, but I guess it's a personal decision. Good luck to Devonte and Justin.

lowayne
03-27-2013, 11:31 AM
Practically speaking, what happens to the team now?

I think Prosise goes WR full time now and Onwualu and Folston see competition for the slot. The knockdown effect also makes two RBs more likely in the current recruiting cycle.

HoffVir
03-27-2013, 11:59 AM
Practically speaking, what happens to the team now?

I think Prosise goes WR full time now and Onwualu and Folston see competition for the slot. The knockdown effect also makes two RBs more likely in the current recruiting cycle.

All very real possibilities. Kelly mentioned Carlisle (when he comes back in 4 weeks) will get a look at the slot. He was already in the mold of a Riddick RB/slot type anyway, maybe now he goes more full time slot WR. We'll see. Cam McDaniel is a flexible athlete, he's already shown that. Torii Hunter is probably out this year.

Getting 2 maybe, 3 WRs in this class probably went to get 3, maybe 4. A 2nd RB isn't a given, but there should definitely be room now.

NDAlumSon
03-27-2013, 12:08 PM
Does Barry Gallup have any eligibility left ?

NDgrandson
03-28-2013, 04:59 PM
Its too bad Davonte didn't have a girlfriend like Teo.....we wouldn't be dealing with this shit right now.

I hear Lennay is single again.

BlakeJ
04-09-2013, 09:39 AM
Still a little upset about this one. I thought Neal had some upside and we hadn't seen close to what he had to offer. Love our incoming WR class however.

LOVEMYIRISH
04-09-2013, 11:21 AM
Still a little upset about this one. I thought Neal had some upside and we hadn't seen close to what he had to offer. Love our incoming WR class however.

Yeah, it's a bummer, but it wasn't because he was being benched. He seems to be a very talented youngster it's too bad personal issues got in the way.

JDriveSthND
04-09-2013, 02:20 PM
Hey, I can understand him leaving for the sake of his kid, but Ferguson is just a head scratcher. We're down to 7 healthy, scholarship WR as of today with Chris Brown suffering a hamstring injury. He could very easily have ascended to a starter if he had just stayed on campus and worked hard this spring.

isotopes
04-10-2013, 07:05 AM
Will transfer to Arizona per Dad.

marv81s
04-12-2013, 12:50 AM
Davonte Neal’s goodbye letter to Notre Dame Nation
Posted on April 10, 2013 by Rachel Terlep

Not every player who transfers from Notre Dame does so because he isn’t getting playing time or because he isn’t a proper fit in the program or because he simply doesn’t like South Bend.

Sometimes responsibility with a higher calling than winning football games comes first. And sometimes, 18-to-22-year-old men recognize that.

Such is the case with former Irish receiver Davonte Neal, who was primed to start as an upcoming sophomore before parting ways with the team in late March.

Davonte Neal celebrates with fans after a win over Michigan State.

According to a report from Blue & Gold Illustrated, Neal – a Scottsdale, Ariz., native – has transferred to Arizona to be closer to his family and infant daughter.

Neal and his family penned a goodbye letter to Notre Dame and its fans, highlighting Neal’s experience with the program and calling his decision “very difficult.”

The letter in full, courtesy of Blue & Gold Illustrated:

We’d like to offer our sincerest gratitude to Coach Brian Kelly, his staff, the student body, and the entire Notre Dame family for all the support they’ve shown us, not only in the past few weeks, but over the past year.

Our experience as part of the Notre Dame football team and community surpassed all of our expectations. From the opening game in Dublin, Ireland, against Navy to the National Championship, we know we were part of something very special. And we have all the confidence in the world that the Notre Dame football program is positioned to have tremendous success in the years to come.

We wish we could be a part of that moving forward, however, Davonte’ has decided after very difficult consideration that the most important thing for him and our family is to be as close to his new-born daughter as possible.

Over the past year, we have developed some great friendships within the Notre Dame community and look forward to staying in-touch with those who have given us so much. We want to take this opportunity to wish Coach Kelly and his outstanding program all the best next season and down-the-road. The Irish will forever be in our hearts and a part of our lives.

All the best and Go Irish!

http://blogs.etruth.com/notre-dame-coverage/2013/04/10/davonte-neals-goodbye-letter-to-notre-dame-nation/

NotreDameNate
04-12-2013, 10:51 AM
Any negative comments after reading that? Yeah, I didn't think so. Best of luck to him. Tough decision, I'm sure, but I feel he has made the right one.

Domer Dog
04-12-2013, 02:02 PM
Very classy!!!

LOVEMYIRISH
04-12-2013, 10:51 PM
Any negative comments after reading that? Yeah, I didn't think so. Best of luck to him. Tough decision, I'm sure, but I feel he has made the right one.

Solidified what I said earlier. He's manning up...good for him. Sorry to see him go, but you can't be a dad 1500 miles away.

IrishDodger
04-12-2013, 11:53 PM
Seems like a perfect fit for RichRod's offense. Best of luck to the young man.

mlcspinner
04-13-2013, 07:06 AM
Will he have to sit out a year ?

marv81s
04-13-2013, 10:01 AM
i'm willing to bet the ncaa grants his wavier so he won't have to sit out a year.

stetin
04-14-2013, 10:47 PM
This may be a perfect example of the kind of person Notre Dame recruits and brings to the University. Really CLASS move.

stonebreakerwasgod
04-14-2013, 11:48 PM
Next time, pull a Kobe and get your ND degree.