Mesquite Poteet High wide receiver DeAndre McNeal signed his national letter of intent on Wednesday, officially making him a Texas Longhorn.
The consensus four-star athlete was the 44th best player in the state of Texas and the 308th best player nationally, according to 247's composite rankings. The 6-foot-2, 228-pound McNeal selected Texas with high school teammate Malik Jefferson in the college recruiting announcement heard around the world:
SB Nation's recruiting profile highlights McNeal's versatility:
A versatile athlete, McNeal could play a number of positions at the next level, including wide receiver, tight end, or linebacker. However, most schools recruited him as a wide receiver as McNeal helped those projections by turning in a productive season with 836 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns on 35 receptions, adding another 380 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground.
Mostly an inside receiver in high school, McNeal has remarkable lateral ability to make opponents miss in short spaces. Not many prospects his size are capable of that feat and it makes his upside significant. His first step is impressive and he has the look of a smooth, fluid athlete in the open field, covering ground effortlessly.