Best High School Athlete - 2011
Durron Neal - DeSmet Jesuit High School
Under the YouTube video of Durron Neal's highlight reel, a commenter accuses the video's creator of "speeding it up." Except there are no special effects here: Durron Neal really is that fast. The first team All-Metro selection did it all for the De Smet Jesuit High School Spartans last fall, taking snaps at wide receiver, running back, quarterback, cornerback and safety, in addition to returning kickoffs and punts. All in all he racked up more than 1,900 total yards and scored 31 touchdowns. Neal is a blur in the open field, always able to find space, thanks to his great vision, and consistently making defenders look dumb with the sickest cuts in the region. He's a threat to score from anywhere on the field; all he needs is a foot of daylight, and his moves take care of the rest. Rivals.com has ranked Neal as the fourth-best wide receiver in the nation in his class, 32nd best out of all positions. The four-star prospect verbally committed to Oklahoma in June and will likely look even faster during his senior year this season.