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Davonte’ Neal won’t take visit to Arizona

Davonte' Neal is going to make some school this happy. Photo by Pat Shanahan, The Arizona Republic

Arizona Wildcats coach Rich Rodriguez will have to try to land Scottsdale Chaparral High School star Davonte’ Neal without the help of being able to host a recruiting trip.

Neal’s father, Luke Neal, told the Arizona Republic this morning that Davonte’ had planned to take his final recruiting trip to Arizona this week but canceled that mainly because of a family situation.

Neal, a receiver/cornerback who is rated as high as the eighth-best prospect in the country by ESPNU, will still consider the Wildcats among his final four choices.

Luke Neal told Dick Obert of the Republic that his son has no favorite among Arizona, Notre Dame, Arkansas and North Carolina. Davonte’ Neal recently eliminated Ohio State and Oklahoma from consideration.

Asked about what is most important in choosing the school, Luke Neal said, “The ability to be able to play right away and to graduate.”

Neal will announce his decision Feb. 21.

Even without taking an official or unofficial visit to Arizona, Neal should know plenty about Arizona. His high school coach, Charlie Ragle, is now on Rodriguez’s administrative staff as a liaison to in-state high schools.

Two of his high school teammates — defensive end Dylan Cozens and linebacker Cody Ippolito — signed with the Cats. At least one other former Chaparral player will walk-on — running back/linebacker/safety Lucas Petrullo.

For the latest updates, check Obert’s blog at azcentral.com, one of our Gannett partners. Here is a direct link to his latest story on Neal.

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