Gators offer N.C. tight end McNeil

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida, Florida State and Pittsburgh have recently offered Durham (N.C.) Hillside tight end Josh McNeil. The 6-foot-4, 235-pound athlete committed to East Carolina in November but quickly opened things up after receiving offers from larger BCS schools.

Though McNeil remains wide open, he says the Florida offer will put the Gators in his list of top schools when he narrows things down.

"Coach [D.J.] Durkin was in contact with me earlier in the year," McNeil said. "Then they lost contact, but now I'm talking with them again, and they offered like a week ago or so. I haven't had a chance to look much at Florida like as far as their depth chart and things like that yet, but when I start to narrow things down I know they would be in my top 10."

McNeil said he got the chance to get to know Durkin while the Florid assistant was recruiting McNeil's high school teammate, Jamal Marcus, who eventually signed with Ohio State.

"He's cool, nice guy," McNeil said of Durkin. "He came to the school to recruit my teammate, so we knew each other a little bit from that. He told me then that he would come back and recruit me."

McNeil, who says Florida, Georgia, Ohio State and Miami are recruiting him the hardest, said no schools are standing out to him right now, but he likes how Georgia uses its tight ends.

"With Georgia, they put a lot of players in the NFL, and they use their tight ends a lot in their offense," McNeil said. "It's a good school for a tight end."

For McNeil, he would like to make a decision sooner rather than later, but with so many schools starting to show interest, that may not be possible.

"Everything is kind of open now," he said. "I set a date to make my decision on May 25th, but I'm not sure if I will do that or not. I'm going to talk to my high school coach about that today. I haven't narrowed anything down yet. I'm not trying to rush my decision. I'm just taking it slowly."

McNeil hasn't scheduled any college visits this spring, but said he could potentially camp at different schools over the summer.