Davonte Neal: What 4-Star WR Recruit Would Do for Arizona Wildcats

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IFebruary 1, 2012

The top undeclared recruit right now is 4-star receiver Davonte Neal, who has apparently whittled his choices down to Arizona, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Arkansas, North Carolina and Oklahoma.

He's also expected to visit Arizona this weekend, via CBSSports.com.

What would Neal mean for Arizona?

Well, let's put it this way. Arizona's top three receivers from last season are gone and star quarterback Nick Foles is headed to the NFL. On top of that, Arizona hasn't landed a 5-star or 4-star recruit this offseason. For a program that went 4-8 last season, that's certainly not a good sign.

Neal has the potential to be a very good receiver in college. He's only 5'10", but his acceleration and speed create enough separation regardless. Neal's feet and quickness project him to be strong route-runner and he's great on quick hitters and bubble screens.

He can get down field quickly and is dangerous after the catch, especially when he's in open space. An athlete of his caliber projects him to be difference-maker at the next level, and Arizona would benefit greatly with him on board.

Whoever starts under center next season for the Wildcats is going to need a playmaker in the receiving corps. As it stands now, the Wildcats don't have a true threat. If they can land Neal, whose from Tempe High School, they set themselves up much better.

We've seen star recruits spurn bigger programs for their home teams before. It's not out of the question that Neal would go that route. What has been interesting is that he hasn't committed to a school yet, even by National Signing Day. It appears he's trying to assess all his options. Sometimes that can mean a recruit values his home.

Arizona may have scored 30.8 points per game last season, but this season will prove to be much different and the Wildcats may need Neal if they have a shot at doing anything.

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