OU's tradition, history appeals to receiver Durron Neal

BY ANTHONY SLATER Staff Writer aslater@opubco.com Modified: June 18, 2011 at 5:03 pm •  Published: June 18, 2011
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Durron Neal got the feeling while watching a movie. But it wasn't a typical movie, and it wasn't in a typical theater.

He was on a recruiting trip to Oklahoma, sitting in the football complex in Norman.

Neal was always aware of the team's storied tradition, but this film was giving him a true feel for the rich history of the program.

Memorable moments from the seven national championships. Historic players etching their name into the record books.

Then, there it was. There he was.

“I was on the screen, as part of like the tradition,” Neal said. “It was real cool how they did it. It was like past, present and then future. I just got this feeling.”

It was the feeling that Pat Mahoney, his high school coach, has been telling him about for some time.

Neal is a standout prospect and has been since he set foot on the football field. His combination of size and speed at the wide receiver position is a quarterback's dream.

So naturally, teams from across the nation showed interest. To simplify the process, Mahoney gave Neal some much-needed advice.

“If you are being recruited and you get to a place where your heart tells you that this is the spot, there is no point in waiting,” Mahoney said. “(Neal) said when he got to Oklahoma, it felt like he was being called to go there.”

So Neal took his coach's advice and committed on the spot. And with his commitment, the Sooners locked up another top receiver.

Although Neal plays an assortment of positions at St. Louis' DeSmet Jesuit High School, the OU staff sees him as a slot receiver at the next level. With the departure of Ryan Broyles after this season, that makes Neal a perfect fit.



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