Rajion Neal is getting close to making a final decision on his college choice. But the Sandy Creek tailback is having a hard time pulling the trigger.
“I haven’t set a definite deadline,” Neal said Wednesday. “My parents are still up in the air and have some questions and we’re still doing some research. I planned to do it this weekend but now I’m not sure. I’d like to but I just don’t know.”
Neal’s problem is he has too many good options. He’s narrowed his decision down to (in no particular order) Kentucky, Louisville and Mississippi State. And all three want him badly.
What’s not to like? At 5-11, 190-pounds, Neal is a prototypical SEC tailback. He has legitimate SEC speed with a 4.4-second, 40-yard dash, according to Sandy Creek coach Chip Walker. Walker said Neal has “kind of flown below the radar” after an ankle injury limited his production to 800 yards rushing and 8 TDs as a junior. But he’s been impressive at the summer camps to which he was invited.
“He’s probably going to play in the SEC when it all gets said and done,” Walker said. “Georgia and Georgia Tech looked at him. But I don’t know that he fits in Tech’s offense. He’s kind of in between a B back and an A back. Georgia liked him but has some other backs they like. Florida probably talked to him more than any of the big ones. But he has some really good opportunities.”
Walker said new Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen “really liked [Neal] from the beginning and has probably recruited him the hardest. They like his size and ability to run and catch the ball. He has great hands. We probably don’t throw the ball to him enough.”
Kentucky head-coach-in-waiting Joker Phillips — “who’s been doing damage in Georgia for years,” Walker said — has been recruiting Neal hard for the Wildcats. Neal attended Louisville’s elite camp a few weeks ago.
In the end, Neal said he knows he can’t go wrong.
“I know I’m very fortunate to be in this situation, to have a handful of offers to choose from,” Neal said. “It makes me feel good. Now I just have to decide where I’ll be most comfortable and who has a good situation to play possibly as a freshman.”