Athlete Davonte Neal (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral) took his second official visit of the year this past weekend to Ohio State. Neal had previously visited Notre Dame.
Neal considered the trip somewhat of a coming home party, as he was born in Ohio and lived there until he was seven.
“The last time I saw Ohio State, I think I was in the second grade,” Neal said. “I really liked it there. It felt familiar, but there has also been a ton of changes. I think what stood out most was the academic center and the support the players get from the tutors and counselors. They keep the football players accountable and that’s important to me. I loved the campus, and the new dorms they’re building are real nice.
“The football facilities were incredible, everything is state of the art. I love the stadium. That Horseshoe is really cool, and I got along great with the players. They’re all just regular guys like me, no one had any big egos or anything like that. We all just hung out and joked around and played video games all night.”
Neal said the coaching staff and especially Urban Meyer, were very impressive as well.
“Coach Meyer is pretty incredible,” Neal said. “I can see why he’s such a good recruiter and so good in the homes. He can really relate well to players, and I love how he carries himself. He has a lot of swagger for sure, and I had some great talks with him. He’s funny and can tell a great story but also knows when to be serious. They’re recruiting me as a slot receiver and he said they want to use me the same he used Percy Harvin at Florida.
“Overall, this was a great visit, and I really felt comfortable. Notre Dame was great, too. The two schools are different in a lot of ways but also similar. I think just because of how comfortable I was at Ohio State, this was probably my best visit, but I’m not ready to name a leader or anything. I’m just saying this was my favorite visit but I have three more to go.”
Neal will leave for Arkansas next week and then has visits remaining with North Carolina and Miami and will likely decide the week after signing day.