Neal picks Notre Dame after no-show

February, 21, 2012
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The Davonte Neal drama is over.

Neal (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral) finally showed up Tuesday, and Notre Dame is glad he did. Neal, the nation's No. 8 overall prospect, picked Notre Dame over Arizona after standing up a gathering of 600 students at Kyrene de la Esperanza Elementary earlier in the morning.

Neal, who could play receiver or defensive back, gives the Fighting Irish a needed boost of athleticism.

While new Wildcats coach Rich Rodriguez missed out on an A-list recruit, the embarrassing way this day played out for Neal and his family probably introduced a modicum of relief to the rejection.

Here's the Arizona Star on Neal's decision.

And the Tucson Citizen.

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