"I Want To Surprise Everyone"

DeVondrick Nealy

DeVondrick Nealy visited Michigan on Oct. 9 and Iowa State on Dec. 10. "Iowa State was awesome," Nealy said. "I liked everything. I liked seeing all that they had…all the football stuff and academic stuff. Everything was better than I thought it would be. I (also) really like the tradition at Michigan. It's a great program and they're on-the-rise. I can see myself helping them get back on top."

DeVondrick Nealy, the 5-foot-10, 175-pound three-star running back from Jefferson County High School in Monticello, Fla., says he's not going to announce his decision until signing day because, "I want to surprise everyone."

Of course, it shouldn't be too much of a surprise since Nealy has narrowed down his list to Michigan and Iowa State.

Nealy, ranked as the No. 70 running back in the country by Scout.com, visited Michigan on Oct. 9 and Iowa State on Dec. 10.

"Iowa State was awesome," Nealy said. "I liked everything. I liked seeing all that they had…all the football stuff and academic stuff."

Nealy admitted he wasn't sure what to expect visiting the Cyclones. "Everything was better than I thought it would be," he said. "They've got the highest grad rate in the Big 12 and the weather wasn't as bad as I expected either. The snow wasn't bad at all."

He says the Cyclones are recruiting him the hardest.

"They talk to me the most and they said that I'm one of their most important recruits," he said. "They said that I'd be able to make a lot of plays for them."

Nealy also admits that outside of the Wolverines and Cyclones he isn't hearing from many other programs. "These are the main two I'm still talking to," he said.

"I really like the tradition at Michigan," he said. "It's a great program and they're on-the-rise. I can see myself helping them get back on top. It's gonna be a tough choice.

"I'm looking for the place that will give me the best opportunity to succeed and to play," he said.

Nealy reports a 3.2 core GPA, a 15 ACT and 740 SAT. He plans on retaking both tests.

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