Five-star outside linebacker Malik Jefferson can understandably overshadow his teammates at times, but college programs definitely know about more than just Jefferson when they search Poteet High School in Mesquite, Texas.
Multi-talented playmaker DeAndre McNeal has already garnered seven offers, the two most recent coming this week from North Texas and Kansas. McNeal got the UNT offer Wednesday before the Jayhawks offered him Thursday.
The most intriguing thing about McNeal is his versatility. He's been recruited on both sides of the ball at multiple spots on each side. TCU wants him as a receiver/tight end hybrid, while Texas Tech likes him as an outside linebacker. We think he projects best as a receiver, but his film reveals that he probably could succeed at the FBS level at a number of positions.
McNeal accounted for almost 1,000 yards from scrimmage and 20 total touchdowns in 2013. He caught 40 passes for 584 yards and 11 touchdowns while running for 406 yards and nine scores on 6.3 yards per carry.
Poteet lined up McNeal in various spots on offense, but mostly in the slot and at a tailback alignment in Poteet's occasional under-center formations. He's physical with the ball in his hands and does not go down often on first contact. For such a bulky skill-position player, he displays deceptive speed and is a natural go-and-get-it pass-catcher. Poteet also loved to put him in motion to run the jet sweep.
McNeal has taken junior day visits to Texas Tech and TCU. His offer list should continue to grow, and it will be interesting to see where he winds up, especially considering his frame potential and ability to be an FBS player at multiple positions.