HENDERSON – The combination of family and two teammates at the same school was too much for Prairie View’s Ronell McNeal to turn down.
He signed a letter of intent to play football at Colorado State University-Pueblo Thursday. In doing so, he joins his cousin, Marquis, who was on the ThunderWolves squad last fall, and Prairie View’s other co-captains, Josiah Cannon and Jerrod Thompson. Cannon and Thompson signed their letters of intent last week, too.
“These two guys next to me? We became close,” McNeal said during a school ceremony Thursday. We were captains on the team. I’m glad we get to take our talents to the next level and make it happen. I’ll tell you what. Don’t let a lot of critics tell you what to believe. Believe in what you can do, and you can achieve it.”
McNeal caught 15 passes for 259 yards and two touchdowns this season for PVHS. He also ran for 26 yards. Defensively, he was in on 23 unassisted tackles and assisted on four others.
“Ronell was a smart football player,” PVHS coach Rocky Schneider said. “He excelled at every position he played. He took up wide receiver and defensive back this year because that’s what he thought would help the team.”
McNeal said his cousin would help him in the new surroundings in more ways than one.
“He’s the one who keeps me out of trouble,” McNeal said. “He’s not big into doing too much. And it’s warm there. I hate playing football in the cold. The coaching scheme? It seems like it’s something where we can excel.”
The ThunderWolves brought back their football program in 2008 after a 24-year absence. CSU-Pueblo was 9-2 this season, 7-2 in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.
McNeal wants to major in business management and, perhaps, become a teacher.
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