Davonte Neal: Notre Dame Recruit's Future Uncertain After Switching High Schools

Zachary D. Rymer@zachrymerMLB Lead WriterFebruary 27, 2012

Photo Credit: TucsonCitizen.com
Photo Credit: TucsonCitizen.com

After a little bit of drama, 5-star recruit Davonte Neal committed to Notre Dame last week.

Now it's not even a given that Neal will be able to go to South Bend after all.

As it was reported by The Arizona Republic, Neal has withdrawn from Chaparral High School in Scottsdale, Arizona. Head football coach Dave Huffine confirmed the news.

"It's a personal matter and I wish him the best of luck," said Huffine.

Neal's withdrawal was also confirmed by Chaparral athletic director Sam Messina, but he also did not shed light on the matter, saying, "It's a personal thing."

Though it remains a mystery why Neal chose to withdraw from Chaparral, this sounds suspiciously like what happened when he failed to show up for a news conference where he was supposed to sign his letter of intent last Tuesday. He didn't show up because of "personal reasons," though he would eventually commit to Notre Dame.

Fighting Irish head coach Brian Kelly doesn't know exactly what is going on either, but he made it clear that the situation is quite simple.

"There are a lot of things, that from our standpoint, we're still getting information in on," said Kelly, according to ESPN.com. "But he's going to have his academics taken care of, and that's really the most important things for us."

Neal needs to finish his spring course load, and he obviously still needs to graduate. He will do both of those things at Phoenix Central, where he enrolled on Monday.

So the good news for Notre Dame is that Neal is still on track to make it to South Bend for the 2012 season. Nevertheless, his sudden decision to withdraw from Chaparral and to enroll at another school means there is uncertainty where there was no uncertainty before. Until further notice, Kelly and his coaching staff are left to hope that Neal's switching of schools does not mean his commitment is in jeopardy.

ESPNU ranked Neal as the No. 1 player in Arizona. If and when he does arrive in South Bend, he could play as a wide receiver or a cornerback.


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