April 9, 2008

Rebels offers 4-star Minnesota prospect

Ole Miss head coach Houston Nutt came to Ole Miss with the concept of recruiting regionally verus the natioanl approach that former head coach Ed Orgeron had taken.

However, some Mississippi connections are enough for Nutt and his staff to go after Minneapolis (Breck HS), Minn. wide receiver Byrce McNeal.

"I've got family in Grenada," McNeal said Tuesday evening. "I go to Mississippi every summer, that's where we have our family reunion."

McNeal, a 6-foot-2, 170 pound wide athlete, is regarded as one of the top receivers for the 2009 recruiting class.

McNeal, who has already garnered a four-star rating and a spot on the Rivals250 list, only recently received his offer from Ole Miss.

"Actually, I got a verbal offer about two weeks ago," McNeal said. "I got the written offer over the last couple of days."

Ole Miss joins Arizona, Clemson, Colorado, Connecticut, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, and North Carolina, and Louisville who have offered the star prospect.

McNeal has already visited Michigan, Notre Dame, Iowa, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Minnesota, Colorado, and Connecticut. He plans to leave on Friday to visit Southern California.

McNeal is making his rounds now, and will take official visits later this year, but is foregoing any summer camps.

"I want to take officials, but I'm not going to do any camps," McNeal . "I think I will take some unofficials, take officials to my five schools and pick from that."

McNeal earned first-team all-state honors as a junior, hauling in 31 passes for 705 yards and nine scores. As a sophomore, he earned honorable mention all-state honors after tallying 57 catches for 701 yards and four touchdowns. In the past two seasons at Breck, McNeal has recorded 88 receptions for 1,406 yards and 13 touchdowns.

He was recently selected to participate in the U.S. Army All-American game next January.

"I've been told that I have very good field awareness and a great burst off of the line," McNeal said in a previous interview. "I'm explosive - more of a deep threat than a possession threat."

"I have very good speed. I ran a 4.45-second 40-yard dash at Nebraska's camp and won the "Fastest Man" award at that camp. I also won the MVP for session number one."

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