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February 17, 2014

Neal talks commitment status

South Carolina lost a verbal commitment in the 2015 recruiting class this past weekend when Chauncey Rivers decided to flip his commitment to Georgia on a visit to Athens.

The first commitment for South Carolina in the 2015 recruiting class was Stone Mountain (Ga.) Stephenson receiver Dexter Neal, a teammate of Rivers.

What was Neal's reaction to his teammate flipping to Georgia?

"It doesn't have an impact on me," Neal said. "I think it's best for him to go where he fits in. I can't do much about it."

Neal hasn't been 100-percent committed to South Carolina since football season began last year. He still isn't completely solid and it sounds like his recruitment may last longer than some expected.

"It's about 75-80 percent," Neal said about his commitment to the Gamecocks. "I'm kind of opening it back up because I want to take other visits and still talk with other coaches."

Georgia, Tennessee, Clemson, Vanderbilt, and Florida were the schools mentioned by Neal when asked who he was still considering.

A visit to Georgia soon is in the works.

"They haven't offered yet but I think they are close," Neal said about Georgia. "The coach wants me to set up a day where I can go chill with the coaching staff. I do think they are close to offering. I think when I go up there they will offer me."

Another school Neal plans on visiting soon is Tennessee. He said that he will either visit Tennessee this coming weekend or the next weekend.

"I went up there for a visit and I liked the community and all of the coaches," Neal said about the Vols. "I like the coaches and the players. The coaches are real laid back. There was just something about Tennessee that made me want to put them in my top five."

The 6-foot-2, 197-pounder is also considering visiting Florida State next month.

Neal hasn't visited South Carolina this spring but he said that will change soon. He said it is possible that he could visit South Carolina this weekend. He will not be able to attend South Carolina March 29 for their junior day.

South Carolina defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward is recruiting Neal for the Gamecocks.

"I talked with Coach Ward last Tuesday," Neal said. "We were just checking up on each other. He was making sure that I was still working out like I'm supposed to be doing and we also talked about some baseball stuff. It was just a simple conversation. We talked about the next time I will be up at South Carolina."

The four-star receiver has made Ward aware of him visiting other schools.

"He's cool with it," Neal said. "He told me that as long as he knows I'm committed right now, then he knows he can trust me to take other visits."

Neal doesn't plan on shutting down his recruitment anytime soon. He said that he plans on taking official visits and going from there.

Who is the biggest competition to South Carolina?

"I would say its South Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee," Neal said. "They are all in a race right now and it is close between all three."



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