Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Neal a no-show at his own news conference
By ESPN.com staff
Davonte' Neal didn't show up for his own news conference Tuesday to announce his decision between Arizona, Notre Dame, Arkansas and North Carolina.
The nation's eighth-ranked player from Chaparral High in Scottsdale, Ariz., left 600 at Kyrene de la Esperanza Elementary -- his old school -- in the lurch.
And, by the way, national signing day was three weeks ago. Yes, each year the excesses of recruiting and the behavior the hype inspires hit us squarely between the eyes.
There's this from the Arizona Daily Star:
The issue, apparently, is a power struggle between Neal and his father, Luke. Luke Neal has been pro-Notre Dame in recent weeks, while Davonte has been leaning toward the UA.
Wildcats coach Rich Rodriguez made recruiting Neal a priority shortly after he was hired Nov. 21 as Mike Stoops' permanent replacement. Rodriguez hired Charlie Ragle, Neal's coach at Chaparral, as Arizona's new liaison to in-state high schools. The Wildcats then signed two Chaparral players, linebacker Cody Ippolito and defensive end Dylan Cozens, with hopes Neal would follow.
The solution here is simple. Someone should ask Neal where he wants to go to school. Then Neal should send his letter of intent there. End of story.
This is Neal's decision. Why? He's the only one who's going to college. He's the only one living with the decision.
And, by the way, he's the one who earned the free ride.