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Thursday, May 01, 2008

Update: Recruiting sites are reporting otherwise on this.

Sometime today, Bryce McNeal's myspace page went from Cardinal-themed (Arizona or Louisville wasn't clear) to this:

So, hey, that seems... good and stuff. A couple readers now pass along that they've messaged McNeal on various social media sites and he has indeed committed to Michigan. Straight from the horse's mouth, as it were. (The chosen mascot of McNeal's high school is the Broncos.)

McNeal, a 6'2", 175 pound receiver from Breck high school in Minnesota, is #70 in the most recent Rivals 100 and the #11 receiver. Scout is considerably less enthused, giving him three stars and ranking him #40 positionally. ESPN has them on their top 150 watch list but has not evaluated him yet. As noted in the most recent edition of Monday Recruiting, he was on the all-combine team at the Army All-American junior combine:

McNeal showed why he's already picked up some major scholarship offers with a strong showing throughout the entire combine. He was extremely effective in the one-on-one battles, and his combination between speed and hands make him a deadly target.
Highlights (low quality, usual NSFW backing track):

Interview from about a month ago:

Slightly more personable than Manningham.

The larger picture: McNeal is the first outside receiver in this class and will probably be joined by another guy at his position (Texas's Josh Gordon?) and one or two more slot guys depending on where Teric Jones ends up. He's Michigan's fourth Rivals 100 recruit this year.