So much for being the Secret of South Sumter. The word is out on Keanu Neal.
Florida assistant coach Brian White overturned the rock hiding the identity of the 6-foot, 204-pound Bushnell South Sumter safety on Tuesday and he and head coach Will Muschamp let Neal know he is officially a target of the Gators for the 2013 recruiting class.
Neal said he was surprised at the phone call.
“Actually yes I was. Brian White called me up and then he handed the phone to Coach Will Muschamp,” Neal said. “It felt great to have a good school like that calling and offering me. Florida is on top right now.
“I’m just going to do some more research on the schools who offer me and whichever one fits best for me … and I mean besides sports … that’s where I’m gonna go.”
Neal, who said he has no timetable for making a colllege decision, also has offers from UCF, USF, Duke, Georgia Tech and Kentucky. Neal will be attending the UF Junior Day on Feb. 18 and will then travel to Tallahassee for the Florida State Junior Day on Feb. 25.
“ I kind of expected it to happen over the spring, during spring football,” said Neal, who had 17 points Tuesday night in South Sumter’s 60-20 Class 4A, District 6 basketball victory over Weeki Wachee. “But I guess the earlier the better. Hopefully there will be a lot more to come.”
As a junior, Neal had 151 tackles (68 solo, 83 assists), four interceptions, one of which he returned 20 yards for a touchdown, as well as four forced fumbles, five pass deflections and one offensive touchdown as a goal-line fullback.
Neal said he doesn’t really have a favorite college football team.
“I just watch whoever is on,” he said.
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