Etiwanda football standout Nate Neal has made a verbal commitment to UNLV.
He visited the school in December and liked everything it had to offer, not just when it came to the football program but in academics as well. He plans to major in criminal justice.
“I was looking for a place where the head coach was also defensive minded,” he said. “And he (UNLV coach Tony Sanchez) was a defensive coordinator. I liked the whole staff. Once I I started talking with them it was more like I was talking to my uncle than a coach.”
Neal, a 6-foot-3 defensive end and tight end, didn’t make any other visits although San Jose State, Montana State and Sacramento State were interested.
Neal had made a couple of trips to Washington in an informal capacity to visit brother Michael who is part of the Huskies program although missed this season due to injury.
Neal recorded 47 tackles, 11 of those for loss this season for the Eagles. He also had seven sacks and a forced fumble.