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Draft Scout Davonte Neal News
09/10/13 - NCAA rejects Arizona WR's appeal...The NCAA has rejected an appeal by wide receiver Davonte Neal that would allow the Notre Dame transfer to play for the Arizona Wildcats immediately. Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez on Monday said that while Neal's appeal was denied, the school will file one final appeal, according to the Arizona Daily Star. But Rodriguez, clearly frustrated by the decision, did not seem optimistic that Neal will play this season. "Right now, he's been denied eligibility," Rodriguez told the Daily Star. "That's a little disappointing?more than a little disappointing. I could go into great detail, but I don't want to waste y'all's time on what some of my opinions are on some of the NCAA's rulings. "There's another appeal we're going to try to make, but it doesn't look good."
Neal, who is from Tucson, said he moved back home to be with his girlfriend and their newborn daughter. The school filed an appeal for Neal on Aug. 1 and were just informed of its rejection. "The only thing I'll say about some of the things with the NCAA is they're consistent with being inconsistent," Rodriguez said. Neal will have three years of eligibility starting next season. - The Sports Xchange
09/09/13 - Arizona receiver DaVonte Neal's hardship waiver to play this season has been denied by the NCAA. Wildcats coach Rich Rodriguez said during his weekly news conference on Monday that the transfer from Notre Dame has been denied eligibility. He said the school plans another appeal, but was not optimistic. Neal, who played at in-state power Scottsdale Chaparral High School, transferred from Notre Dame this past summer to be closer to his girlfriend and newborn daughter.
Arizona filed an appeal with the NCAA last month asking that Neal be allowed to play this season instead of having to sit out under transfer rules. Neal was Notre Dame's primary punt returner last season during its run to the national championship game. - AP Sports
09/07/13 - WR Davonte' Neal, a transfer from Notre Dame, was still awaiting word from the NCAA as of Monday about whether he would be ruled eligible this season. Neal appealed to the NCAA to waive the transfer requirement of sitting out a year based on the fact he transferred to his home state to be with his girlfriend and their infant girl. - The Sports Xchange
04/10/13 - The Arizona football team added some significant talent at wide receiver and on special teams overnight - although it was months in the making. Davonte' Neal, who decided to transfer from Notre Dame recently, committed to Arizona on Tuesday. Neal was Arizona's No. 1 recruiting target last year. How soon he will be able to make an impact with the Wildcats will soon be determined.
According to reports, Neal will apply to the NCAA for a hardship waiver, which if approved would make him eligible for play in 2013. Typically, a transfer must sit out a season before becoming eligible. Neal, a 5-foot-9, 171-pound receiver from Scottsdale Chaparral, chose Arizona over UCLA.
Arizona had been a finalist when Neal was in high school, but he chose Notre Dame in a decision that was not made until well after signing day and after an awkward moment at his former elementary school in Ahwatukee. Neal scheduled a press conference in front of a school assembly to announce his college choice, then failed to show when the time arrived.
Neal's stay at Notre Dame lasted less than a school year. He has a 9-week-old daughter and a longtime girlfriend in Phoenix. “The primary reason I chose Arizona was because it was close to my family, and my daughter can come see me every day - that was the most important to me, and having that family support,” Neal told Blue and Gold Illustrated. “The way Coach (Rich) Rodriguez throws the ball around is amazing. They do it the entire game. I’ll have an opportunity to play inside and outside receiver in the offense. He does know how to get the ball in his players’ hands and from there they make plays.” - Steve Rivera, FOX Sports Arizona
03/28/13 - Two sophomore Notre Dame wide receivers -- Davonte' Neal and Justin Ferguson -- have decided to transfer, coach Brian Kelly said Wednesday morning. "The reason for Davonte's transfer is that he's the father of a 6-week-old baby girl with his girlfriend that he has dated since seventh grade," Davonte' Neal's father, Luke, told Blue and Gold Illustrated. "The plan was to move his girlfriend and his baby to South Bend, but Davonte' just felt the need to be closer to his family and his girlfriend's family at this time."
Neal was a two-time Gatorade Player of the Year in Arizona (2010-11, 2011-12). "It's a situation that I've been talking to Davonte' about the past four months, and he's finally realized he wants to be involved in his daughter's life closer than from a distance at Notre Dame," Luke Neal said.
Neal's father expects his son to transfer to a school in California. When Neal signed last February with Notre Dame, his finalists also included Arizona, North Carolina and Arkansas. Neal's playing time was minimal as a freshman. He caught one pass for minus-5 yards and returned 21 punts for 46 yards during the Irish's run to the BCS national championship game. - The Sports Xchange