Myles McNeal, who is a 3-star recruit according to 247 Sports, committed to play for the Eastern Michigan football program on April 16, 2019. He is scheduled to graduate from Grand Blanc Community High School in 2020 and will join the Eagles team following that. McNeal is a 5’11”, 180-pound cornerback for the Grand Blanc Bobcats, and is rated the 50th best player in the state of Michigan.
“Playing defensive back you have to react to receivers routes and then beat them to the spot so being faster than the receiver is key. Speed kills overall,” McNeal said. “I’m super competitive and I will give it my all the whole game. In man I do well because I am very patient and I trust my speed. In zone I do a good job disguising the coverage until the last minute. I felt like their (Eastern Michigan) defense was best for me and I’ll fit right in.”
McNeal had offers from five D-1 schools, including three programs from the MAC: Bowling Green, Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan. He also received offers from Austin Peay and Alabama State. Out of those five schools, the Eagles have the third best recruiting class according to 247 Sports’ composite rankings. The Eagles currently have 10 commits including David Carter, Rico Small and Tristen Hines.
“What made me choose EMU was mainly how comfortable I felt as soon as I visited campus. Instantly felt like home. I also liked their defense,” he said. “Eastern Michigan’s coaching staff are amazing people, I feel they’ll do the best coaching me and showing me how to be a better man. And I’ll fit into the team because I have the same drive that the team has and the culture that they have there is something I’ve always wanted to be apart of.”
The Eagles defeated Coastal Carolina on Saturday, Aug. 30 behind 108 yards on 22 carries from running back Shaq Vann. The day before, Grand Blanc Community High School also began their season with a victory, defeating Herbert Henry Dow High School, 22-20 on the road. McNeal and Grand Blanc will face Heritage High School on Friday, Sept. 6 in Saginaw, Michigan, hoping to begin their campaign with two consecutive wins.
“I will go all-state this year and as a team we’d like to win a state championship,” McNeal said.