“This was honestly the hardest decision I've ever made, but prayer and family support helped a lot...I would like to thank all the coaches, advisors, family members and friends who have stuck by me and helped me grow as a man,” Neal wrote. “It's time to take the next step in my life and attain my dream..Something I've wanted since I was a little boy..Gator Nation, thank you for welcoming me and making my three years at UF memorable. First day I stepped foot on campus, I knew I made the right decision. Nothing will ever take away the memories and bonds I have gained. I can confidently say that I've grown and matured a lot since my first day here, and it is due to the love and support of family, friends, and Gator Nation! I will always bleed orange and blue...Forver a Florida Gator!”
Neal finished the season with 96 tackles after missing the first two games of the year with a hamstring injury.
Fellow Gators Vernon Hargreaves, Demarcus Robinson, and Kelvin Taylor have also declared for the NFL draft. Redshirt junior Marcus Maye has until Jan. 18 to announce his decision.
- Christopher Chavez