TE McNeil ready to let Tide roll away

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -– ESPN 150 prospect Josh McNeil (Durham, N.C./Milford Academy) admits it was a difficult situation when the tight end parted ways with Alabama. However it looks like another SEC program will be there to pick up the pieces.

McNeil took an official to LSU two weeks ago and says it’s the place he wants to be.

“I really feel like LSU is the type of place that is going to be there for me,” McNeil said. “I was pretty stunned with what happened with Alabama. They thought I might not qualify and just left me hanging. But I’ve turned things around and I’m on track to qualify.

“With LSU they were there and were encouraging me every step of the way. I feel like that’s the sort of program I need to be at because everything isn’t always going to be perfect.”

McNeil and Alabama tight end commit O.J. Howard were planning on being college roommates -- now it’s likely they will be adversaries. However, the bond they have will remain strong.

“I was pretty disappointed to hear about what happened with Josh because we talked about playing together a lot,” Howard said. “It’s one of those things that happen. We are still cool.”

McNeil said Howard was one of the first people to greet him when he arrived at the hotel for the Under Armour All-America Game.

“We caught up real fast and I know we’ll talk about it later,” McNeil added. “O.J. is a good guy.”