Neal Will Not Be Part of 2012 Class

David ThurmanCorrespondent IFebruary 6, 2012
Drew Thurman (6:15 pm)

Wide receiver/defensive back Davonte Neal is two weeks away from his final decision, and he has finally narrowed things down to four schools. He has eliminated Ohio State and Oklahoma and will choose between Arizona, Arkansas, North Carolina, and Notre Dame.

This is interesting news because back on signing day Mike Farrell of tweeted that Neal had tried to commit to Ohio State and couldn't. Rumors swirled that the staff was very unimpressed with Neal on his official visit, while others said that something happened during the in-home visit to make the Buckeyes pull the plug. Neal's father though, who has been the spokesperson throughout Neal's recruitment, seemed very surprised at the report and played things off several times. This caused many to question Farrell's initial report, including our very own Michael.

So what's really going on? Did Neal drop the Buckeyes or did the Buckeyes drop Neal? Well, the latest report from Richard Obert of would appear to point to the Buckeye staff being the ones to walk away. Not only have the Neals not heard from the staff, but they have been putting the full court press on Stefon Diggs to fill the final spot. It definitely appears Neal's father tried to play things cool so this story didn't blow up and damage his son's recruitment. Further evidence that this was a wise move by Meyer and company. Neal's recruitment has been quite the ordeal, full of lots of late visits and his father in the center of the drama, but we now can finally close the Buckeye chapter on his recruitment.