Recruiting on the South Plains | 2014 ATH Derrick Neal Commits to Texas Tech

Jack Nicholson celebrates the retiring of Shaquille O'Neal's jersey. - USA TODAY Sports

Dallas Lincoln's Derrick Neal, a terrific athlete, who plays both basketball and football at a very high level, has committed to Texas Tech.

PLAYER: Derrick Neal

POSITION: Athlete
HEIGHT: 5'9"
WEIGHT: 155
FORTY: N/A
HIGH SCHOOL: Lincoln (Dallas, TX)
VIDEO: Clip 1
RECRUITING SERVICES: Rivals N/R | Scout | ESPN N/R | 24/7 Sports 91
CUMULATIVE RANKING: 0.8769
VTM PROFILE DATE: May 2, 2013

OFFERS | Oregon St. and Texas Tech

STATS | As a junior Neal had 53 rushing attempts for 343 yards and 6 touchdowns while catching 34 passes for 519 yards and 7 touchdowns. As a sophomore Neal had 21 rushing attempts for 163 yards and 2 touchdowns and 24 catches for 278 yards and 5 touchdowns.

THE PLAYER SPEAKS | Nothing just yet.

SCOUTING REPORT | Quick note, this was broken by WreckEm24/7 and confirmed by the DMN. This is pretty interesting. Derrick is a twin. Erick is his twin brother and I first heard about these two from the basketball court. In fact, I caught this WFAA story on the two twins from the basketball court. They both say in that story that they are a package deal, but I think they are talking about basketball. If you want to watch more of the Neal Brothers, you can check out this mixtape at Ballislife. Derrick is #4.

You're probably asking yourself and maybe me if I know if they are committing to Texas Tech as a pair like the video said or if they're separate and if they are committing to the basketball program too. Right now, I don't know, but it sure would be nice. And Derrick is a top 150 player in the country in basketball, at least according to Future150.

As far as Derrick's football film is concerned, he is incredibly fast and seemingly breaks up the field really quickly. I don't think it was a mistake for Derrick's first highlight to be really nice hit as a cornerback. There are some additional defensive highlights there too. It doesn't appear that Neal is going up against real strong passing teams as a lot of his interceptions on film are floater passes. There are some electric returns as well and those touchdowns don't seem included in those statistic totals. Neal plays hard and I think that I have a preconceived notion that basketball players don't play as hard as players that just play football, but Neal does both really well.

Derrick, welcome to Texas Tech and Git Your Guns Up!

The 2014 Class | Neal is commitment #10.

Player Position Ht/Wt School VTM Profile
Patrick Mahomes QB 6-3/198 Whitehouse (Whitehouse, TX) April 24, 2013
Justin Stockton RB 5-9/175 Steele (Cibolo, TX) January 21, 2013
Demarcus Felton RB 5-7/179 Dekaney (Spring, TX) April 18, 2013
Jakari Dillard WR 6-4/185 Princeton (Princeton, TX) August 13, 2012
Cameron Batson IR 5-9/165 Milwood (Oklahoma City, OK) April 23, 2013
Ian Sadler WR 5-11/192 Argyle (Argyle, TX) April 25, 2013
Deionte Noel OL 6-3/300 Steele (Cibolo, TX) April 17, 2013
L.J. Collier DE 6-3/235 Munday (Munday, TX) February 10, 2013
Tevin Madison CB 5-10/160 Fayette County (Fayette, AL) April 26, 2013
Derrick neal ATH 5-9/155 Lincoln (Dallas, TX) May 2, 2013
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