Mississippi State felt strong enough about Rajion Neal to offer him a scholarship this past summer. Now he’s starting to draw the attention of Florida State and Georgia and the Maroon Dogs may have to fight to keep him.
Neal committed to coach Dan Mullen back in mid-August. But as the 5-foot-11, 200-pound tailback has continued to pile up numbers this season, more interest has come his way. The latest and most intense wave has come from the Seminoles.
“They sure have,” Sandy Creek coach Chip Walker said when asked if FSU had come after Neal hard. “They came last Friday and got some tape and talked to Rajion a little bit. On Sunday they offered him a scholarship. He was pretty grateful for the offer. That’s a prestigious program. Of course, they’ve got some young backs down there and there’s the coaching situation. So he’s just going to sit back and weigh his options and take his time.”
Walker said Neal also got a visit from Georgia recruiting coordinator Rodney Garner last week.
“Georgia came in last week, too,” Walker said. “They also wanted to look at some tape and talk to Rajion. He’’s had a big year. I don’t think anybody wants to overlook him.”
Neal has indeed had a big season. Through eight games, the hard-charging senior has rushed 138 times for 1,055 yards and 21 touchdowns. He has another touchdown on a kickoff return for the Fighting Patriots (7-1), who have already clinched a playoff berth out of Region 5-AAAA.
For now at least, Walker said Neal remains committed to Mississippi State.
“He’s kind of taking it all in stride,” Walker said. “He’s going to sit back and see how it all plays out. Coach Mullen and his guys have done a good job so far. He’s got a lot of good options.”