One of the highly-touted receiving threats in the Lone Star State is currently enamored by the Texas program, especially after notching an offer from the Longhorns last month.
Fast-rising Willowridge sophomore wide-receiver Latrell Neville has been one of, if not the most highly-coveted skill position player in the 2021 cycle thus far. Neville’s dynamic style is largely why he’s become such a widely pursued prospect, and he’s well aware that his all-around game makes him a lethal weapon regardless of he lines up.
“Honestly, I’m a versatile player,” Neville told BON. “You can put me in the slot, on the outside, or you can put me in the backfield. Really when I get the ball in my hands I turn into a running back. I can return kicks and in my mind I can do anything.”
This past season Neville showed flashes of how special he will be in the future and truly gained a ton of experience as a playmaker and as a leader for his squad. Neville is poised to take things up a notch going into his junior season.
“It was a real good season,” Neville said. “I really felt like this was a real, real, real big year for me, actually. I just want to be able to repeat the same thing next year and go even further. I just feel like this is only the beginning to what I’m going to bring.”
Of course things are heating up for Neville on the recruiting trail. He’s already garnered 20 offers; the majority of which have rolled in within the last two months. The school’s that have caught Neville’s attention early in the process are Alabama, LSU, Ohio State, Oregon, Texas A&M, alongside the Longhorns.
Neville simply sees all of this as the beginning to something greater.
“It’s been exciting you know,” Neville said. “I’ve been hearing from a lot of guys. Really it’s just a lot more to look forward to and we’ll just see what the future holds for me.”
Texas, specifically, almost instantaneously made a great impression on Neville.
Neville has analyzed the ways in which the Longhorns utilized their wide receivers last season, especially Lil’Jordan Humphrey, who blossomed into a 1,000-yard receiver as a junior before departing for the NFL.
“I’m just seeing what they did with Lil’Jordan Humphrey, and as well with Collin Johnson and they had an amazing season,” Neville said. “That’s something I think I’d like to be a part of. They also have a lot of young guys as well that can play at the receiver position, too. So it’s a lot of good things going on with them.”
The efforts of wide receivers coach Drew Mehringer, tight-ends coach Corby Meekins, and offensive coordinator Tim Beck in recruiting Neville have been somewhat of a difference-maker for the Horns early.
“I’ve been in contact with Coach Beck, Coach Meekins, as well as Coach Mehringer. They’re recruiting me pretty hard and they’re all good guys. I can honestly say that I have a strong relationship with all three of them.”
Neville was one of the many recruits that tuned in to watch the Longhorns take on Georgia in the Sugar Bowl, but he was not surprised with the outcome.
When asked if he thought Texas was back, Neville said, “They’ve always been back! Never underestimate the underdog. At the end of the day Texas came to play and Georgia underestimated them and Texas came out victoriously.”
The last time Neville visited Austin was when Texas defeated USC, and he loved the way he was treated on that visit. Expect Neville to make plenty of more trips to the Forty Acres and continue to expand his list of offers over the course of his recruiting process.
At 6’3, 195 pounds, Neville is currently unranked at the moment, per the 247Sports Composite rankings, but that will soon change.