September 6, 2012
McNeill talks recruitment
Mocksville (NC) Davie junior offensive tackle Trip McNeill and his parents attended Wake Forest's season and home opener against Liberty Saturday, Sept. 1.
"[We] got there early, went up in the recruiting room for the pre-game, talked to Coach [Jonathan] Himebauch and Coach [Brian] Knorr, and [former Wake Forest cornerback] Alphonso Smith actually came up talked to me," McNeill said. "That was pretty cool."
"It was pretty neat to meet him. He was a real down to earth person, really cool. My mom knows him pretty well, because she said he comes in the store a lot. She manages the Hanes Mall store for Wake. Me and Coach Himebauch and Coach Knorr just discussed football and how my season's going so far."
He said his parents get season tickets, so he sat with them instead of where recruits usually sit.
Knorr is McNeill's primary recruiter for the Demon Deacons. McNeill said he and Knorr are in regular contact, because of Wake's close proximity to Mocksville. He added he has gotten to know Himebauch well too.
"He's [Himebauch] a really good offensive line coach," McNeill said. "He really knows what he's talking about."
The 6-foot-5 and 295-pound student athlete, who has a 3.4 GPA, claims scholarship offers from Duke, NC State, North Carolina, Virginia and Wake Forest. He does not have a favorite.
He met UNC's new coaching staff in a recent trip to Chapel Hill.
"It was a nice visit," McNeill said. "They've got real nice facilities down there. Everything looks like an office building with dark hardwood and gold finish. It seems like business setting, which is what college football is."
NC State is also right in thick of it with the Mocksville product.
"They [NC State] seem to have a younger coaching staff, so they joke up a little bit more than some of the other coaches," McNeill said. "They've got real nice facilities down there, and have a real high hold on football."
He has been to all of the schools that have offered him, but has not been to Duke and Virginia in a long time. McNeill added Clemson is showing heavy interest, but he has visited the Tigers in a while either.
"The last word from [Clemson] is that after I meet with their head coach [Dabo] Swinney I'm going to receive an offer," McNeill said.
He wants a school with a nice campus that is not right in the middle of a city. However, McNeill is still trying to figure out what he wants.
McNeill is thinking of choosing a school by the end of this year or the beginning of his senior year, but said that could change.
"I'm trying to really find out as much as I can, so I can really be totally confident in my decision on where I want to go when it comes time to make that decision," McNeill said. "I don't want to be quick to rule out anyone."
"Something I really want to do is make sure to get down to a game at each place and see how the coaches are and see how they are in the locker room after the game. I've had a lot of people ask me where do you want to play, and I'm saying well back before I even got any looks from colleges as a freshman, beginning of sophomore year they'd say where do you want to play and I was like I don't care just wherever is going to pay for my scholarship or pay for my education. And now that I've got a few choices I'm just going to have to see what school has the best academics and also how I feel at the school."
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