As national signing day approaches on Feb. 1, Brandon Chatmon is breaking down every commitment and signee in the Sooners' 2012 recruiting class. View all of our profiles here.
Name: Durron Neal
Height, Weight: 6-foot, 190 pounds
Hometown/School: St. Louis/De Smet Jesuit
Committed: June 8, 2011
Scout grade: 81. Four-star prospect.
Scout rankings: 64th in ESPNU150, No. 10 receiver, No. 12 in Midlands Region, No. 3 in Missouri
Accolades: Army All-American
Picked OU over: Auburn, Arkansas, Alabama, USC, Oregon, Michigan, Missouri and others.
State of the position: OU needs playmaking receivers badly. Kenny Stills has great talent and should be the Sooners top target but every other spot is open competition. Kameel Jackson, Jaz Reynolds and Trey Franks are the other returning receivers.
Pros: “He is explosive and fast and plays at one speed. Shows little wasted motion in his change-of-direction which makes him such a gifted route runner and open field ball carrier. He is slick and slippery, especially when he gets the ball in his hands on screens, reverses and in the open field.” - ESPN analyst
Cons: “Neal has very good speed, but his feet and second gear give him the appearance of having great speed, but we are not sure he does. Is competitively fast and this level of competition does not challenge him too often.” - ESPN analyst
Similar to/potential role: Ryan Broyles. Neal has the chance to develop into a dynamic playmaker. Great in space with good hands and a desire to be great. He could develop into a receiver/returner in the mold of Broyles.
Expected impact: 2012. Neal should be given the chance to play immediately, both returning kicks and at receiver. And he has the talent to make a impact doing both. There’s no reason Neal shouldn’t see the field this fall.