Daily Dawg Thread – 09June2019 – Class Of 2021 4-Star WR Latrell Neville – By Matthew Hall
The Georgia Football program sits in pretty good shape and are #4 nationally with respect to Team Class Rankings for the Class of 2020. The Dawgs are in that position with 11 commitments of players that are tagged as either a 4-Star or 5-Star prospect. While those stats and facts are impressive, one could make the argument that the current “Red and Black” recruiting cycle is deceiving in that the program’s class is lacking as it relates to players of offensive positions other than those that will one day be on the line. This position and viewpoint can be evidenced in the fact that the Georgia football program has only 1 wide receiver commit in 4-Star Justin Robinson and currently has no running back pledges thus far. While National Signing Day is still some time away, the importance and need for UGA Head Coach Kirby Smart and the Georgia coaching staff to lock in weapons for the future of the offense grows more and more with each day that comes to pass.
No one is questioning the efforts of Smart, Georgia Offensive Coordinator James Coley, or anyone else on the coaching staff as they have consistently blazed a path on the recruiting trail in hopes of bringing top talent into the program. The aforementioned fact is more than apparent whether its in reference to players in the current recruiting cycle or with classes that are further on down the line. An example of this can be seen with one of the potential offensive prospects of the future that was a visitor to Athens yesterday. Class of 2021 4-Star Wide Receiver Latrell Neville of Willowridge High School in Missouri City, Texas, visited and took in a view of the Georgia Football program on Saturday.
Hailing from “The Lone Star State”, Neville is one of the many targets that Georgia has had its eyes on as the program continues to try to grow and expand on its success with its recruiting pipeline from the state. He is rated the #42 overall wide receiver and the #38 overall player from the state of Texas for the Class of 2021 per 247Sports. Despite his youth, Neville already possesses the prototypical mold and build of a player for the position of play standing in at 6-3 and 195 pounds and he has more time to develop physically. The talented wide receiver has explosive speed of which allows him to be the type of player that can line up in the slot position and turn short passes into big plays. That speed also allows for the Texas prospect to beeline straight downfield and leave the defender behind culminating into big gains and points put up on the scoreboard. He is elusive, shifty, has exemplary footwork, runs great routes, and has great hands as a pass catcher.
In his Sophomore season in 2018, Neville garnered 315 receiving yards and 6 receiving touchdowns on just 17 receptions in 7 games played. He further showed his versatility as a playmaker rushing the ball 21 times for 176 yards and 3 touchdowns on the ground. On special teams, the speedy wide receiver returned the ball 8 times for 220 yards (Note: Average Of 27.5 Yards Per Kickoff Return) and 1 touchdown. His superior play in his Sophomore campaign resulted in the Willowridge wide receiver being named the District 11-5A-II Newcomer of the Year in the state of Texas.
Neville has made quite a name for himself as a potential college wide receiver and currently holds 37 offers. Among those extensions of scholarships and offers, many of them are from Power 5 programs to include the likes of Alabama, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, and LSU among others. The fact that the Dawgs were able to receive a visit from him and have him on campus is a good sign exhibiting that he has at least some form of interest in the Georgia Football program. Neville is an elite athlete with speed that is off the charts and he would be a nice prize to land should he decide to “Commit To The G” in the end. Look for the Dawgs to continue to heavily court and recruit him moving forward as he is a weapon that will have a major impact on the offense for whatever program he decides to play for at the collegiate level.