One big target still out there for Sooners

February, 2, 2012
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Signing day is over, but the first day players can sign letters of intent to play for their future schools isn't the only day.

There are still a handful of unsigned prospects, and one in the top 10 is considering Oklahoma.

Davonte Neal, the nation's No. 8 player and No. 1 athlete, is the best player in Arizona and hails from Scottsdale. Coincidentally, he was a high school teammate with quarterback Connor Brewer, who recently enrolled early at Texas.

RecruitingNation's Greg Biggins checks in from Scottsdale with the indecisive prospect:
"This was always my plan," Neal said. "I want to take my time with the process and give every school an equal opportunity. I've already visited Notre Dame, Ohio State, Arkansas and North Carolina, and I have a visit set with Arizona for February 10. Oklahoma is still in the mix, as well, and I'm going to listen to them, too."

Neal takes in an early dinner Tuesday night and then fields phone calls from North Carolina, Arkansas and Oklahoma. The Tar Heels call to say how they much enjoyed having Neal visit over the weekend and how much the whole staff enjoyed meeting his grandmother, who lives near Chapel Hill.

The Sooners call to make sure Neal received their letter of intent, one of three letters of intent sitting on Neal's kitchen table, along with those from Notre Dame and North Carolina. The Razorbacks let Neal know they'll be sending out his letter of intent later in the week and would be thrilled if he just wants to sign now and end the process early.

Here's what the scouts have to say about Neal, who could provide some intriguing Red River Rivalry games if he signs with the Sooners.
What Neal may lack in size, he makes up for in acceleration and speed. Neal is a gifted, smooth athlete with the ball in his hands and a dangerous space player. He lacks great height and bulk and we are not sure due to his size he will not end up being a cornerback at the next level. Regardless, he will be a return specialist likely early and often in his collegiate career. Offensively Neal displays rapid acceleration off the line and runs with a low center of gravity. Can weave and get on the toes of the defender in such a hurry that they get flat-footed in their back pedal and it is over if he is going vertical. Neal shows decisive burst into and out of cuts and has huge upside to be a lethal route runner because of his feet and quickness and is already a threat in this area.

The 5-foot-10, 175-pounder is also considering Notre Dame, Ohio State and Arizona.

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