San Francisco (Calif.) Mission athlete Julian Neal could end up being the top player to come from the San Francisco Section in over a decade.
The 6-3, 195-pounder had an offer from nearby San Jose State.
But it was a relationship started with the Spartans that continued at Fresno State and ultimately led to Neal picking the Bulldogs.
Neal committed to Fresno State and director of player personnel Courtney Morgan.
“San Jose State was my first offer and Courtney offered me there and then when he got to Fresno State,” said Morgan. “Courtney was the biggest reason I picked Fresno State. That relationship was real. Just the morals and values he had, we really connected and that was a big reason for my early decision to commit to Fresno State. Courtney is my man, we have a great relationship.”
Even when Morgan offered Neal at San Jose State, Neal knew he was in rare air- it’s not common for San Francisco Section players to get FBS offers.
“It felt really big to me to be the first player in the last decade from a public school in San Francisco to get an offer,” said Neal. “During the process, I had coaches say I wouldn’t get offers because of where I played and then I had a chance to prove people wrong.”
Neal said the Bulldogs want him to come in and play defense but he hasn’t ruled out offense.
“They want me as a safety,” said Neal. “Offense is a possibility and I’m still working out for this season at receiver.”
Neal said he’s working to gain weight too by the time he gets to Fresno and plans to be in the 200 range when his senior year starts in January.
He’s been to Fresno before- back in 2015 when he was in 7th grade.
“I got there and went for a game and what really stood out was that the whole town comes together for Fresno State,” said Neal.
Neal said he’ll play his senior season at Mission and also plans to play basketball for Mission his final year.
“I have a 4.0 but I don’t want to graduate early because I was always going to play my senior season,” said Neal. “I plan to enroll in the summer.”
In the meantime, he’s been training with KT Prep and getting prepared for his senior season.
A three-star by 247Sports, Neal ranks as the No. 110 athlete nationally and the No. 128 prospect in the state of California in 2021.