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Tuesday, February 21, 2012
Davonte Neal ready to decide on a school

By Edward Aschoff

Finally, athlete Davonte Neal (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral) is ready to sign with his future school.

The ESPNU 150 member — and No. 8 prospect in the country — will decided between Arizona, Arkansas, North Carolina and Notre Dame on Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. ET at his old elementary school.

Richard Obert of The Arizona Republic has broken down the four finalists and decided that Neal will sign with Notre Dame.

Here's what he said about Neal and Arkansas:
This is like Notre Dame Light. The talent pool is deep. The Razorbacks are probably closer to a major bowl than Notre Dame. But there isn't the academic pressures and as much national exposure that there is at Notre Dame, which graduates almost all of its players. It would not be surprising if Neal picks Arkansas, based on its offense and a chance for him to be the key figure, much the way another No.3, Joe Adams, was in Fayetteville.

Conclusion: A good shot, but no.

And here's what he said about Notre Dame:
This was the only school in which Luke Neal accompanied his son. The tradition is second to none. The electric current felt walking into the stadium is something Neal probably wouldn't experience anywhere else. The Irish signed five-star quarterback Gunner Kiel, who is already enrolled. Neal could start the season returning kicks and probably figure in at receiver if not at cornerback. Neal is open to playing any position. He would be surrounded by top talent. Brian Kelly's offense is tailor-made for Neal. It's important to Luke that his son graduates, and Notre Dame's 97-percent graduation success rate is the best there is.

Conclusion: Front-runner.