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Why be excited: He's on campus now, and is clearly a quarterback that the Clemson coach staff wanted from the get-go. Playing primarily in a pro-style, drop-back scheme, McNeal was a prolific passer in high school, and showed a quick release and excellent timing and touch, while developing a reputation for throwing 'catchable' passes. He's not a runner, per se, but has good enough mobility to get himself out of trouble and make plays with his feet if he has to.
You may not know: During camp last summer, McNeal had a chance to throw to both Charone Peake and Sammy Watkins, and he was the star of a 7-on-7 tournament game at the Champion Gridiron Kings camp in Florida, despite not having completed his rehab from a torn ACL.
Where he fits into the depth chart: Starting immediately, McNeal will compete with fellow freshman Cole Stoudt for the Tigers' backup quarterback position behind Tajh Boyd.
High School: Chester (South Carolina)
Weight: 170 lbs.
157/282 (55.6 completion pct.) for 2,125 yards, 21 TDs in senior season