Shelton McNeal commits to Bryant University


Dec 31, 2016

By: Hasani Harper | H2 Athletes

Shelton McNeal was asked to do a lot his senior season for the Kathleen High School Red Devils. McNeal went from the role of wide receiver and punter returner, to the team’s primary option at quarterback midway through the 2016 season. The 5’10”, 165-pound athlete was able to showcase his versatility which helped keep his team in contention for a playoff spot.

“I was ready to play the position [QB] from the jump,” McNeal said. “This year really showed me how mentally strong my coaches prepared me to be over the past four years.”

McNeal’s playmaking ability that he displayed on film earned him a scholarship from Bryant University.

“First offer; it was exciting!” McNeal said.

On December 2nd, McNeal went on an official visit to Bryant University to see the program firsthand and what it had to offer him as a student-athlete.

“When I took my official visit it was just like home!” McNeal explained. “I felt welcomed by players, coaches, and staff. It’s new. Something I have never seen. A lot of new facilities and new people. It’s something I could get used to.”

Less than a month later, McNeal decided that he was ready to be a Bryant Bulldog.

“Me and Coach Gage [McNeal’s primary recruiter] have been in touch and have built a relationship,” McNeal said. “I’m really comfortable with Bryant and that’s why I committed.”

Kathleen football head coach Irving Strickland said that Bryant football program would be getting a hard working player.

“Shelton is someone who will be dedicated to the school and the program,” Strickland said. “He will give his all, each and every day.”

Beginning day one, McNeal has plans to make an impact on the field as soon as he steps on campus.

“I want to play my first year so I’m going up there to work,” McNeal said.

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Shelton McNeal was asked to do a lot his senior season for the Kathleen High School Red Devils. McNeal went from the role of wide receiver and punter returner, to the team’s primary option at quarterback midway through the 2016 season. The 5’10”, 165-pound athlete was able to showcase his versatility which helped keep his team in contention for a playoff spot.

“I was ready to play the position [QB] from the jump,” McNeal said. “This year really showed me how mentally strong my coaches prepared me to be over the past four years.”

McNeal’s playmaking ability that he displayed on film earned him a scholarship from Bryant University.

“First offer; it was exciting!” McNeal said.

On December 2nd, McNeal went on an official visit to Bryant University to see the program firsthand and what it had to offer him as a student-athlete.

“When I took my official visit it was just like home!” McNeal explained. “I felt welcomed by players, coaches, and staff. It’s new. Something I have never seen. A lot of new facilities and new people. It’s something I could get used to.”

Less than a month later, McNeal decided that he was ready to be a Bryant Bulldog.

“Me and Coach Gage [McNeal’s primary recruiter] have been in touch and have built a relationship,” McNeal said. “I’m really comfortable with Bryant and that’s why I committed.”

Kathleen football head coach Irving Strickland said that Bryant football program would be getting a hard working player.

“Shelton is someone who will be dedicated to the school and the program,” Strickland said. “He will give his all, each and every day.”

Beginning day one, McNeal has plans to make an impact on the field as soon as he steps on campus.

“I want to play my first year so I’m going up there to work,” McNeal said.

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