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2016 Purdue Football Recruiting: Lorenzo Neal Jr. Commits

Purdue picks up the son of one of the best lead fullbacks of all-time.

See this guy? We got his son!
See this guy? We got his son!
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Lost in all the basketball news this weekend was a new football commitment. Lorenzo Neal Jr., the son of former NFL fullback Lorenzo Neal, switched his commitment from Utah to Purdue. To my knowledge this is the first switch from a Power 5 conference program back to Purdue in this recruiting class.

Neal is a 6'2" 302 defensive tackle from Houston, TX. Rivals rates him as a 2-star commit, while ESPN has him as a 3-star. His dad was a 16-year NFL veteran and is considered one of the best lead blocking fullbacks of all-time. His dad ended up playing for 7 different teams in 16 years but plowed the road for such running backs as Eddie George, Corey Dillon, Warrick Dunn, and LaDanian Tomlinson.

Neal fills a need in the middle of the defensive line for "big, hulking defensive tackles to stop the run". Based on name alone and his parentage we should be getting a pretty good player, but he is not the only son of a former NFL great. Remember: Keith Byars II is on the roster and hasn't so much as seen the field in three seasons.

Here is a link to the highlights for Neal.