June 8, 2011
Neal Couldn't Escape the Feeling in Norman
A few weeks ago when an article by Rivals.com Big 12 analyst Brian Perroni mentioned that Oklahoma might be a front runner in the recruitment of St. Louis (Mo.) Desmet Rivals100 wide receiver Durron Neal the opinion was roundly questioned even by staffers at SoonerScoop.com. The long held thought was that the talented receiver was to be a dogged recruiting battle between the nearby Missouri Tigers or Alabama where he has family by the droves.
However, the Sooners quietly had made quite an impression on Neal and it seems that more than any one thing Neal checked out Oklahoma and heard the words that his coach had told him many times before. That being said, he admits that when he left St. Louis a commitment was not in his mind.
"Coming down, the visit was good, I liked everything that I could see. The people around the campus were good, and honestly I didn't know that I was going to commit when I came down," Neal said.
"My coach has been telling me you know when you get that feeling, that means that's the right feeling and that's what I felt."
Since the resignation of Jim Tressel over a week ago shockwaves are being felt around college football and it seems that watching from afar there is one thing about Oklahoma's program that really struck a chord with Neal.
"(When I first saw Bob Stoops) I was like 'Coach Stoops is small' (laughing), but talking to him and hearing all of the good things people have said about him and that's how he is," he explained. "That's all I can say about him, it's what my coaches said, just an overall great person and he is real about winning and says winning and developing quality young men, that's what they are about."
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