Oklahoma football: Durron Neal hopes patience pays off this season

Neal seems poised for a breakout this season. Sooners coach Bob Stoops heaped praise on Neal on Saturday, saying the junior had “taken it to another level.”
by Ryan Aber Published: August 4, 2014

NORMAN — Durron Neal expected to be a star by now.

Coming in two years ago as a four-star recruit and the No. 9 wide receiver in the country by Rivals.com, the St. Louis product thought he was ticketed for quick success.

Instead, Neal has had just 18 catches for 251 yards and has yet to score a touchdown in two seasons for Oklahoma.

“It can be frustrating but Coach Jay (Norvell) and my parents always told me just to humble yourself and God has a plan for everybody,” Neal said. “Everybody’s road is different. You just can’t get frustrated when it doesn’t look good at first.

“My step-dad always told me to celebrate slow starts because it’s all going to be worth it in the end.”

Neal seems poised for a breakout this season.

Sooners coach Bob Stoops heaped praise on Neal on Saturday, saying the junior had “taken it to another level.”

Neal hopes so.

But Neal could be critical to the Sooners’ receiving group in another way — he’s been a big part of helping Missouri transfer Dorial Green-Beckham get acclimated since his arrival in Norman.

Neal’s and Green-Beckham’s relationship dates back to high school when the two played four hours apart in Missouri.

Neal tried to convince Green-Beckham to join him in Norman out of high school.

Green-Beckham tried to sway Neal to instead head to Columbia to play for the Tigers.

“When I found out he was coming, I was very excited,” Neal said. “He finally made the right choice.”

Green-Beckham’s eligibility for this year remains up in the air, as OU awaits to submit his paperwork to the NCAA in hopes of gaining immediate eligibility.

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by Ryan Aber
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Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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