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UA football: Arizona's odds improving as Neal's college decision looms

2012-02-20T08:00:00Z 2013-03-27T09:26:36Z UA football: Arizona's odds improving as Neal's college decision looms Arizona Daily Star

The Davonte Neal sweepstakes are wrapping up and, given how far the Arizona Wildcats have come in recent months, they have to like their chances.

The Scottsdale Chaparral star will choose his college Tuesday at 9 a.m., capping a months-long, glacier-slow recruiting process. The wide receiver/cornerback prospect has already narrowed his finalists to Arizona, Arkansas, Notre Dame and North Carolina. He canceled a scheduled official visit to Tucson earlier this month because of a family issue; Neal's younger cousin, who was hospitalized at the time, eventually died.

Neal's father, Luke, told The Arizona Republic's Richard Obert last week that the death helped his son simplify a once-complicated decision.

"He's had time to think, reflect on what has happened to him. Having played football in Arizona, he had time to think whether he wants to stay in Arizona or leave Arizona," Luke Neal said. "He put it in more perspective on what's best for him."

A BleacherReport.com story lists Arizona's odds of landing Neal at 30 percent, ahead of Notre Dame (25 percent), North Carolina (25 percent) and Arkansas (20 percent).

However, National Football Post's Dion Caputi reported Sunday night that Neal "sounds for sure" headed to Notre Dame. He did not cite sources.

The Neals have reportedly already told Davonte's new coaches where he's going, but have sworn them to secrecy. Neal's best friends, including UA commits Cody Ippolito and Dylan Cozens, reportedly won't learn his decision until he announces it Tuesday. 

Neal would instantly boost an Arizona recruiting class that's been rated among the worst in the Pac-12 Conference. The UA signed just one four-star recruit, linebacker Dakota Conwell, on national letter-of-intent day Feb. 1. The Scout.com recruiting service lists Neal as a four-star recruit and the nation's fifth best cornerback prospect. He's reimains the country's best remaining undecided prospect.

Neal's decision will be webcast live on www.foxsportsarizona.com; check Starnet Tuesday morning and read Wednesday's Arizona Daily Star for more. 

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