Going out on top

Josh McNeil

As we inch closer to the holidays, that means it's playoff time in high school football. Several Alabama commits are still playing games, and others like Josh McNeil, have played their final pre-college game aside from All-Star appearances. McNeil made the most of his final game at Milford Academy.

Just a month ago, the always-talented Milford Academy (New Berlin, N.Y.) Falcons were sitting at a surprising 4-4 on the year. But a late rally, coupled with the return of Alabama tight end commit Josh McNeil (personal reasons), enabled Milford to finish on a tear.

The Falcons closed out the season on a three-game winning streak, defeating Princeton, Army's junior varsity and Navy's JV to finish 7-4. In the final game, the future Crimson Tide made his presence felt the most.

"It was good, it was my best game," he said. "I had eight catches and three touchdowns."

McNeil (unofficial stats) finished out his one year at Milford with 21 receptions, including six for scores.

So how does he continue to get open and put up big totals?

"Speed and good route-running," he said.

For McNeil, now that he is done with his responsibility at Milford, it's time to concentrate nearly solely on his body. The 6-foot-5, 245-pounder is still a raw prospect as both a blocking and receiving tight end, having just two years of experience under his belt. Still, his upside combined with his natural ability and basketball background, was enough to be rated four stars on Scout.com.

He'll work on it day by day before playing in one of the more prestigious games in the country.

"Just working out to get ready for the Under Armour game and college," he said.

McNeil is back home in Durham, North Carolina – where he starred at Hillside High School – and he will continue to work toward enrolling early in college there. For now, he's pledged to Alabama and says he's 100 percent with that commitment. Still, he has not ruled out taking official visits to other schools recruiting him hard like LSU, Florida, Georgia among others.

"I don't know yet," said McNeil on taking additional visits.

With time on his hands, expect the No. 7 tight end in the class of 2013 to make decisions sooner than later. The same situation will be impacting all of the players currently committed to schools, including Alabama's 19 pledges. Some have time like McNeil, but others are still chasing state titles.

Stay tuned.

For a thread dedicated to commits' progress in the post season, click HERE.

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