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There was quite a bit of drama attached with the signing of Davonte Neal, but all scouting reports and tapes prove the drama to be well worth it.
This incoming recruit possesses the talent to become another Golden Tate, if not better.
Much like Golden, Davonte lacks in size and bulk but makes up for it with explosiveness and speed. His ability to change pace and direction often leaves defenders flat-footed and prove him to be extremely dangerous in open space.
Either lining up on the outside, inside or in a screen position, Neal will be a valuable target with playmaking skills Notre Dame has been lacking.
On top of being an electric receiver, Neal should also immediately produce on special teams. For the Irish, this is ideal considering the horrific return play of last year.
Beyond being an offensive weapon, Neal has been touted as being a very good cornerback as well. Considering his size, this is where he will likely play at the next level. He has good coverage awareness, quickness and hip movement.
Whether it's returning kicks or catching passes on the bubble screen, Notre Dame's Davonte Neal will be an exciting player to watch progress into a great receiver.