Florida Gators junior safety Keanu Neal announced Wednesday his intention to forego his final year of college eligibility and declare for the NFL Draft.
“This was honestly the hardest decision I’ve ever made, but prayer and family support helped a lot,” the safety wrote on his personal Instagram page. “I would like to thank all the coaches, advisers, family members, and friends who have stuck by me and helped me grow as a man. It’s time to take the next step in my life and attain my dream.. something I’ve wanted since I was a little boy.”
According to GatorCountry.com, sources said that Neal received a top 60 grade from the NFL Draft advisory council.
Neal played all 12 games as a true freshman, as a backup safety and prominent special teams player. The next year he started eight games and was ninth on the team with 45 tackles.
His junior year is when Neal really broke out, becoming the second leading tackler among SEC safeties despite missing two games due to injury.
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