On the heels of official visits to Ohio State and Wisconsin, Cornelius (N.C.) William Amos Hough three-star defensive tackle Curtis Neal announced that he will make his college decision at 3 p.m. on June 27.
The 6-foot-1 and 290-pound Neal, who is considered the 58th-best defensive lineman and No. 414 prospect overall in the class of 2022, was in Madison for his official visit with the Badgers from June 4-6 and in Columbus for his official visit with the Buckeyes on June 11-13.
He does have an official visit to South Carolina scheduled for Sept. 3-5, but given the timing of his announcement, but it’s probably safe to assume the Gamecocks are out of the running for his pledge
Neal landed an offer from Ohio State in April and has been in contact with head coach Ryan Day, defensive coordinator Kerry Coombs and defensive line coach Larry Johnson ever since. He suffered an ACL injury a few weeks later that will prevent him from playing his senior season, but that hasn’t impacted the Buckeyes’ recruitment of him in the slightest.
Neal also has connections to both programs, as he’s the former teammate of Ohio State running back Evan Pryor and Wisconsin defensive lineman Gio Paez and wide receiver Devin Chandler. It’s widely expected that he’ll end up choosing the Badgers, though.
The reason, of course, is that the Buckeyes have a number of defensive tackle targets higher on the board ahead of Neal, including Rancho Santa Margarita (Calif.) Catholic four-star Hero Kanu; Greenwood (Ind.) Center Grove four-star Caden Curry; Owasso, Okla., four-star Chris McClellan; Ellenwood (Ga.) Cedar Grove four-star Christen Miller; and Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy four-star Dominick James, and are set to take just two or three players at the position this cycle.
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