De Smet WR Durron Neal is one of the nation’s finest for 2012 class
Posted September 18, 2011 1:13 pm
Photo courtesy of John Fedale
Here at FinestPreps–we’re always on the hunt for the finest football prospects in America. Well recently we stumbled upon an electrifying playmaker for the 2012 recruiting class from the state of Missouri.
While plenty of recruiting pundits nationally might be talking about Dorial Green Beckham for the 2012 recruiting class–this gifted playmaker can make a strong argument that he should be the nation’s top receiver for the 2012 recruiting class.
His name is Durron Neal and you’re not likely to forget the name anytime soon if he has anything to do with it. The current Oklahoma Sooners commitment for the 2012 recruiting class is destined for stardom in Crimson and Cream and once you check out his highlight tape below–you will know why.
FinestPreps’ very own Mike Curtis did a write-up and scouting report on Neal recently. Check it out below!
It’s only fitting that Durron Neal hails from Missouri aka The Show Me State because no player has shown me more then the all everything receiver out of St. Louis (De Smet).
The Oklahoma Sooner commitment is extremely versatile–lining up at WR, RB, QB, DB, and KR for De Smet. Most recruiting pundits feel receiver is where he has the most upside and where he will play on Saturdays. He has good size for a high school senior at 6’1, 195 pounds. He’s also blessed with great hands and is spectacular with the football in his hands.
Neal is a crisp route runner and is very smooth in and out of his breaks. He can cut on a dime with such quickness that defensive backs are really at his mercy.
He’s physical at the line of scrimmage–making him difficult to jam as well.
The four star prospect has excellent hands and can snag nearly any ball thrown in his zip code. He makes everything look effortless. He also does a good job of keeping his hands down until the last second when he extends to make the grab at it’s highest point, making it difficult for corners to know when the ball is coming.He also creates good separation with his speed and quickness, providing the quarterback with a good target to throw to. Neal also displays good body control and ball skills. He can adjust to any throw whether it’s good or bad. Once the football is in his hands–he is electric.
He runs like a running back and has exceptional vision and instincts. The first man usually stands no chance, either he gets shaken out of his shoes or simply ran through. Neal bounces off would be tacklers like a bowling ball and keeps on rolling, making him extremely tough to bring down. He really explodes through the hole and does an excellent job of picking up extra yardage. Don’t try to tackle him high or you will get a face full of Neal’s hand–his stiff arm is lethal. Combine his tough running, agility, and speed with his field awareness, and it’s easy to see why he is a legit threat to go the distance on any given play. He has good top end speed as well so you won’t see him getting caught from behind very often.
Durron is truly a special player. He does all the little things that will help your team win, as evidenced by seeing him downfield blocking for other ball carriers throughout his highlight reel. Besides lining up out wide, coaches could also place him in the backfield as a Wildcat QB. Not only is a tremendous runner, he is also a legitimate threat to beat you with his arm.( He passed for over 500 yards and 8tds as a junior as well.)
Neal’s offer sheet resembles a who’s who of college football powerhouses, Coach Stoops has to feel fortunate that this playmaker will be lining up in the Crimson and Cream. Coming off a junior season in which he compiled over 2,300 all purpose and accounted for touchdowns in four different ways (passing,rushing,receiving and returning) it should come as no surprise that much is expected of the all everything athlete in 2011.
In his first game of his senior season this fall , he certainly didn’t disappoint. He racked up three total touchdowns, two receiving and one on the ground, while leading his team to victory in their opener. Last year he was named first team all-state, metro, district and conference.
Considering his elite skills, it will be no surprise if he adds another “All” to his resume once he gets to Norman, Oklahoma–All-American.
Mike Curtis is a writer for FinestPreps. He can be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. All comments and feedback are welcome.
Check out Durron Neal’s junior highlight film below!