July 13, 2006

Neal ready for season

Defensive end Kerry Neal of Bunn, N.C., verbally committed to Notre Dame back in February, but that hasn't stopped other college coaches from keeping their door open for the 6-foot-3, 230-pound athlete.

"Somewhat, but not really," Neal said when asked if other schools continue to recruit him. "Most coaches are still sending letters and they say that if I change my mind I'd have a home at their school. I got most of my offers after I committed anyways. I have like 16 offers."

Miami, Florida, Clemson, North Carolina, Georgia Tech, Virginia and Virginia Tech are just a few of the schools to extend an offer to Neal after he committed to the Irish. Despite the attention, Neal is very comfortable with his decision and he enjoys developing his relationship with his future coaches.

"I talk to coach (Charlie) Weis and coach (Bill) Lewis all the time," he said. "We send text messages at least once a week. They just stay in touch and ask how my summer is. They are on vacation right now so they are telling me what they are doing on vacation."

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