Kelly: Davonte Neal 'an electric playmaker'

Notre Dame has announced that the signing of five-star athlete Davonte Neal (Scottsdale, Ariz./Chaparral) is now official, and it distributed comments from coach Brian Kelly.

“Deciding on a college is one of the toughest decisions a young player makes in his life, so we are very pleased with Davonte’s decision to attend Notre Dame,” Kelly said. “Davonte was an electric playmaker in high school and was capable of making the big play any time he had the ball in his hands. He excelled as a receiver, as a running back and as a returner for Coach (Charlie) Ragle at Chaparral High School. I imagine we’ll use him in a similar fashion here.”

Neal is the 17th member of the Irish's 2012 recruiting class, which bumps up to No. 9 now.

“Davonte is a great complement for our 2012 recruiting class,” Kelly said. “As I said almost three weeks ago, we wanted to add more skill players to our team and we did a nice job of doing that. I look forward to coaching Davonte and the rest of his class this fall.”