Neal no-shows his announcement ceremony
Davonte Neal, the top uncommitted recruit left in the Class of 2012, did not show up at his announcement ceremony on Tuesday morning, leading many to continue to wonder where he will play his college football in the fall.
The wide receiver/defensive back was supposed to appear at his former elementary school, where he was expected to choose between in-state Arizona, Notre Dame, North Carolina and Arkansas. But he never showed up, and it is unknown when he will make his decision.
One of the best athletes in the country, the 5-10, 175-pounder from Scottsdale Chaparral High School projects as a cornerback or wide receiver, and he can also make an immediate impact as a return specialist. The Parade All-American and two-time Arizona Gatorade Player of the Year scored 30 touchdowns on offense and averaged nearly 40 yards per kick return during his senior season. He also had 12 pass breakups while playing in the defensive backfield. Neal played receiver in the Under Armour All-America Game but was selected to the showcase as a defensive back.
If Neal chooses Notre Dame, he could serve as a nice replacement for wide receiver Deontay Greenberry, who stunned the Irish on National Signing Day by choosing Houston. He could also help the Irish at cornerback, where Ronald Darby and Yuri Wright could have fit in nicely if they had chosen South Bend. Arkansas could also benefit from snagging Neal after the Hogs lost No. 1 overall receiver Dorial Green-Beckham to Missouri.
Meanwhile, first-year Arizona head coach Rich Rodriguez would love to keep Neal in-state, and he would give the Wildcats an immediate boost as a playmaker in the spread offense. There have also been rumblings that new North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora would use Neal on both sides of the ball.
UPDATE: While the family has not made any announcement, The Arizona Republic's Dick Obert speculated that Davonte' wants to attend Arizona while his father is pushing for Notre Dame.
UPDATE II: Neal ended all of the speculation by choosing Notre Dame after his no-show of a ceremony Tuesday morning.
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