6'2, 175-pound Michael Neal (Oak Ridge Military Academy) has been on the Ram staffs' radar for some time now. The staff has evaluated him as a mid to high-major caliber player that has flown under the radar for the most part, largely due to a wrist injury suffered in the second game of the season. He was a part of Northern Guilford's 3-A North Carolina State Championship team in 2009. He then followed Coach Stan Kowalewski along with several Northern Guilford players to Oak Ridge Military Academy. He was the starting point guard before his unfortunate wrist injury very early this season and as a result many schools were unaware of him. Oak Ridge is a pretty good team with players like Jay Canty (Xavier), Jacob Lawson (high major prospect), and Chris McLain (Southern California-football). While the injury was unfortunate for Neal, it played to VCU's advantage as they had identified his potential early on. They parlayed their aggressive recruitment of Michael into a visit to VCU today. Neal had a great visit today and the Rams look to be in great shape with Neal now. While some other CAA schools had started to inquire about him, the only programs likely beating out VCU for Neal would be a high major school at this point just because of how much longer we've been recruiting him than everyone else.
Neal is a good-looking guard who plays well above the rim and has impressive athleticism and vertical for his size. While he has been underrated by a number of services, his potential is quite high and is largely due to under-exposure due to transferring schools and his subsequent wrist injury. For now, it looks like Neal would be a great fit for the Rams and Neal seems to agree. The staff is working hard at keeping up the momentum from the strong 2010 class going into 2011!