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Sooners raid STL, swipe ESPNU 150 commit

Durron Neal is the nation's No. 9 receiver and came in at No. 62 on the ESPNU 150, which was released on Wednesday.

On Wednesday, the St. Louis native spurned his home state school and became a future Oklahoma Sooner.

"Talking to [DeSmet coach Pat] Mahoney, he said when you had a feeling that's when you know you have the right decision," Neal told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "Sitting down and talking to coach [Bob] Stoops, talking to the offensive coordinator and my position coach and talking to the players, they kept it straight forward. The campus, everything was in a four-block radius. There's not that many people, it's like 20,000. My parents loved it. I loved it. Everything went good."

Neal, a 6-foot, 190-pound receiver had given indications he was wide-open in his recruitment, but here's what our scouts had to say about him:

Neal is a gifted pass catcher that is employed as a utility player on offense due to his open field run skills, quickness and speed, but we feel he will be a wide receiver at the next level. Reminds us a little of Jeremy Maclin at times. He has good height and a wiry, lean athletic build. 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 also left little doubt on what influenced his commitment the most.

"When coaches were showing me my chances of playing, there was a 90 percent chance of me playing," Neal told the Post-Dispatch. "Ryan Broyles is leaving and they don't have a slot guy. The coaches were telling me my chances were good. They win championships. They have the rings to prove it."