Family Affair
Bryce McNeal
National Recruiting Editor
Posted Mar 28, 2008


"I'll talk about everything with my family and get their opinion," Bryce McNeal said. "I'm just looking for a place where I fit in well and I like the lifestyle there. Also, I need to fit in with the program well and be able to do well there as a receiver. Tradition is also important to me too because it means the school has history and does well...My parents really like four schools..."

Bryce McNeal, the 6-foot-2, 180 pound three-star wide receiver from Breck High School in Minneapolis, Minn., finished his junior season with 31 catches for 720 yards and nine touchdowns.

"I have good burst off the line and I've been told I run Div. 1 quality routes," McNeal said. "I also have great hands. I'm like a Reggie Wayne-type receiver. I'm not too big, but not too small. I play with finesse and quickness."

McNeal claims a 37-inch vertical jump and a 4.45 forty.

"I'd like to get stronger and grow a bit," he said. "I'm also trying to learn the coverages better and play smarter."

McNeal, Scout.com's No. 40 wide receiver, says he has 10 scholarship offers, but denies any favorites. "I don't have a top five or six or anything," he said. "I don't have any kind of list yet, but I'll probably choose my top five within the next two months.

"I'll talk about everything with my family and get their opinion," he said. "I'm just looking for a place where I fit in well and I like the lifestyle there. Also, I need to fit in with the program well and be able to do well there as a receiver. Tradition is also important to me too because it means the school has history and does well."

The schools that have offered McNeal are Clemson, Nebraska, North Carolina, Michigan, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota and Connecticut.

While McNeal denies any favorites, he admits that he used to follow Clemson when he was younger. "I used to play with Clemson on the video games," he said. "I just liked watching them play too, but that doesn't mean they are still like my favorite school or anything. I do like them though and I plan to visit them when I get a chance."

McNeal has attended junior days at Minnesota and Connecticut and has also visited Colorado, Michigan, Nebraska and Iowa unofficially.

"Minnesota is only like 15 minutes away," he said. "That's not really a factor, but it's the home town team, so they'll always be an option for me. I think the coaches did a good job putting together such a strong recruiting class after such a bad season. Coach Tim Brewster is very energetic and has a great support staff.

"The Connecticut Junior Day was real nice too," he said. "I've never been to Connecticut before and it's a really nice area. I liked how the coaches really stressed academics and getting a degree. That's important to me."

Although he's not 100% sure about his major yet, McNeal says he's trying to decide between communications, finance or dentistry. Quite a diverse mix.

McNeal's first offer was from Colorado during his sophomore year.

"I'm not sure why, but my parents really like four schools," he said. "They like Colorado, Clemson, Minnesota and Michigan. My dad lives in Chicago and I live with my mom so they each have different reasons for liking these."

While McNeal says he likes each of those, Michigan is likely the favorite of those four. "They have a new head coach (Rich Rodriguez) and I'm eager to see what kind of changes they make to their offense. Also, I want to see how they do under coach Rodriguez. I think he'll be a great fit for them.

"He's real down-to-earth and a very nice guy," he said. "I got to sit down with him and talk to him one-on-one for a bit and we talked about the offense and how I could play split there."

Another school with a new coaching staff that McNeal will be following closely next season is Nebraska. "I haven't really talked to the new head coach yet (Bo Pellini), but their wide receivers coach (Ted Gilmore) is the same and he's the guy that has been recruiting me since the beginning. I have a pretty good relationship with him already.

"Big Red football has great tradition," he said. "They have a lot of good history there, but I don't really know much else about the program."

McNeal also plays small forward for his basketball team and runs the 100m, 200m and long jumps as well. He only plans on competing in football in college.

He competed in the 7-on-7 camp at Akron, but says he most likely won't participate in any camps this summer.

McNeal reports a 2.4 core GPA and a 21 ACT and says he's fully qualified.



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