First pledge for 2015: WR Neal commits to Gamecocks

05/16/2013 7:15 PM

05/16/2013 8:55 PM

Dexter "D.J." Neal, a 6-3, 195-pound rising junior wide receiver from Stephenson High in Stone Mountain, Ga., committed Thursday evening to South Carolina.

Neal committed to USC following his spring game. He becomes the Gamecocks' first commitment for the 2015 class. Neal had been planning to commit to the Gamecocks ever since he received an offer from them earlier this month.

Neal has visited USC in the past and will visit again Saturday.

“I felt like I fit in around their program,” Neal said. “The depth chart is what really pulled me towards South Carolina. I think I'll be able to make big plays for them.”

Last season Neal caught 91 passes for nearly 1.000 yards. Neal said he might visit some other schools over the next several months but his mind is set on the Gamecocks.

“It's going to be pretty hard to pull me away unless something happens with the depth chart,” Neal said. “That's the only thing that might change my mind.”

Neal said Clemson and Tennessee were the other schools high up on his list.

He also has offers from Vanderbilt, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Michigan State, Cincinnati and Connecticut.

Neal tweeted earlier this week that he would be committing to USC, but he erased the tweet because he wanted to save the announcement for Thursday.

“It just took off and everybody started commenting,” Neal told the AJC. “I deleted it because I didn’t want it to get out to the world. I wanted it to be known at the spring game (Thursday).”

He is close friends with Gamecocks running back Mike Davis, who also played at Stephenson High, and with Gamecocks commitment DE Bryson Allen-Williams.

His pledge to the Gamecocks comes 629 days until National Signing Day 2015. He is not yet rated by any of the major recruiting networks.


Join the Discussion

The State is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Terms of Service