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Davonte Neal's new beginning

Five-star ATH handled hectic day just as he handles himself on field, by rising to occasion

Originally Published: February 22, 2012
By Nick Ruland | Special to ESPN RecruitingNation

AHWATUKEE, Ariz. -- At 11:30 a.m. ET Tuesday, Davonte Neal was supposed to mark a new beginning.

Three weeks after national signing day, the No. 8 overall prospect in the ESPNU 150 had the national stage all to himself. He was going to declare a winner among four finalists -- Arkansas, Arizona, Notre Dame and North Carolina.

The novelty was not just its timing. Neal and his father, Luke Neal, who's played a significant role in his son's athletic career, planned to give a delicate twist ...

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