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2012 NCAA Recruiting: Davonte Neal Withdraws From High School

After missing his own commitment announcement, top Notre Dome recruit Davonte Neal has now suddenly withdrawn from high school.

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Notre Dame Recruiting: Davonte Neal Withdraws From High School

The unusual story of top college football recruit Davonte Neal continues to grow. According to The Arizona Republic, Neal has withdrawn from his high school in the midst of his final semester at Scottsdale Chaparral High.

Neal, a highly-valued athlete recruit who played wider receiver and cornerback in high school, generated no little press last Tuesday when he missed a press conference at his former elementary school. The senior was expected to announce his commitment at the press conference, but showed up late and apologized to the children and school afterwards. Neal has since committed to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, but the latest curiosity may impede those plans.

Neal must finish his high school education before being able to attend Notre Dame, so he must either transfer to a different school, acquire a GED or execute some other means in order to become eligible to attend Notre Dame.

For the latest information on Notre Dame Fighting Irish football recruiting, be sure to check out One Foot Down. SB Nation's recruiting hub will keep you updated on everything else going down on the wildest day of college football's off-season.

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Notre Dame Football Recruiting: Top Recruit WR Davonte Neal Considering Fighting Irish

According to the Daily Wildcat, top college football recruit Davonte Neal will announce his college decision on Tuesday, Feb. 21. The four star wide receiver recruit is apparently considering the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Arkansas Razorbacks, North Carolina Tar Heels and the Arizona Wildcats.

Neal visited the Notre Dame campus in December of 2011, and he sports a 4.4-seconds 40-yard dash and a 35-inch vertical. In his senior year at high school, Neal rushed for 1317 yards and had 1113 receiving yards.

Notre Dame already has an impressive array of commitments, from five-star quarterback Gunner Keil to four star running back William Mahone. The Fighting Irish's top receiver in 2011 was senior WR Michael Floyd, who is expected to be a top pick in the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft.

For the latest information on Notre Dame Fighting Irish football recruiting, be sure to check out One Foot Down. SB Nation's recruiting hub will keep you updated on everything else going down on the wildest day of college football's off-season.

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Gunner Keil Enrolls At Notre Dame, Leaves LSU

According to the Chicago Tribune, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish have enrolled freshman quarterback and top quarterback prospect Gunner Kiel.

Kiel had initially committed to the Indiana Hoosiers but decommitted in late 2011. He then switched to the LSU Tigers where he planned to enroll early, but has instead returned to his home state, Indiana, enrolling early with the Fighting Irish.


Related: LSU Recruiting Scouting Report: How Good Is Gunner Kiel?


Gunner Kiel joins fellow top recruit Elijah Shumate as members of an increasingly impressive 2012 class of recruits. According to Rivals.com, Kiel rates as a five-star quarterback who features pro-style skills (drop back and pass). Shumate rates as a four-star safety/linebacker prospect.

For updates on recruiting, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more on the biggest recruiting stories of the year, keep track of SB Nation's college football recruiting section. For more on Notre Dame, check out the Fighting Irish blog One Foot Down.

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College Football Recruiting 2012: Ifeadi Odenigbo Commits To Northwestern

The University of Northwestern secured one of its most impressive recruits on Saturday when defensive end/linebacker Ifeadi Odenigbo committed to playing for the Wildcats. Odenigbo, who is 6-foot-3 and 212 pounds, played football at Centersville High School in Ohio.

Ranked as the No. 50 recruit in the entire nation by ESPN, Odenigbo is one of the most impressive players ever recruited by Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald. Considered the fourth-best defensive end prospect in the nation and the top prospect from Ohio, Odenigbo hopes that his presence can improve the school's recruiting efforts. As Odenigbo told Scott Powers of ESPN Chicago:

By me committing there, I hope I can attract more big-time recruits. That's the plan because it only takes one guy.

Northwestern traditionally hasn't been a major player for most elite football recruits given the school's substantial academic expectations and lacklaster on-field performance historically, but the program has made strides in recent years. Odenigbo is the second player rated on ESPN's 150 top recruiting prospects list to commit to Northwestern in the past two years.

For updates on recruiting, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more on the biggest recruiting stories of the year, keep track of SB Nation's college football recruiting section. For more on the Wildcats, check out Sippin' On Purple, SB Nation's Northwestern Wildcats blog.

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College Football Recruiting 2012: Teko Powell Commits To Illinois

Defensive tackle Teko Powell, one of the top prospects in the Class of 2012, committed to play football at Illinois on Thursday. Powell was originally recruited by former Fighting Illini head coach Ron Zook, but he maintained his interest in the school after meeting with new head coach Tim Beckman recently.

Even though their last coach had recruited me, I still liked them. I made a connection with their coaches and D-linemen. I like that I can come in and be a part of the rotation as a freshman, so that was kind of a good to me.

The 6-foot-2, 250-pound Powell was heavily recruited throughout the country. After playing his high school football in Miami, Florida, he received major interest from that area. Beyond Illinois, he received offers from Florida, Florida State, LSU, Wisconsin and Louisville, among others.

For updates on recruiting, stay tuned to SB Nation Chicago. For more on the biggest recruiting stories of the year, keep track of SB Nation's college football recruiting section.

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