Ex-Notre Dame wide receiver Davonte Neal transferring to Arizona
[dropcap]E[/dropcap]arlier this month, Notre Dame sophomore Davonte Neal announced that he would transfer from Notre Dame.
Neal’s father Luke told Blue and Gold Illustrated at the time that a California school would be a “better fit” because it would allow him to be closer to his Scottsdale, Ariz. home and to his young daughter, who was born Feb. 2.
It turns out he will be even closer than that.
Neal, a four-star recruit who struggled with his decision before signing with the Irish two weeks after Signing Day, will transfer to Arizona.
“The primary reason I chose Arizona was because it was close to my family and my daughter can come see me everyday – that was the most important to me and having that family support,” Neal told Blue and Gold. “The way Coach (Rich) Rodriguez throws the ball around is amazing. They do it the entire game.
“I’ll have an opportunity to play inside and outside receiver in the offense. He does know how to get the ball in his players’ hands and from there they make plays.”
The 5-foot-9, 171-pound Neal was a four-star member of Notre Dame’s 2012 recruiting class. Rivals.com rated him as the nation’s No. 17 wide receiver.
He played sparingly at receiver as a true freshman, but was the Irish’s starting punt returner. He returned 21 punts for 46 yards.
Neal will likely have to sit out 2013 due to NCAA transfer rules, but he plans to apply for an NCAA hardship waiver in hopes of becoming eligible this fall.
He reports to Tucson on May 1.
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