Offseason Work Is On McNealy’s Mind

This coming season, the state of Washington has some very talented defensive players who will get a lot of attention from colleges, and Auburn’s DE/OLB Demontra McNealy is one to watch as the 2013 recruiting cycle begins to kick into full gear.

As a junior in 2011 McNealy had a solid season from his outside linebacker position, posting 66 tackles to rank third on the Trojans while also racking up eight sacks, good for second on the team.

“I have good pursuit and I’m quick,” McNealy told NEI recently. “One of the things my coaches constantly harp on me about is playing every play and giving 100% all the time. They said if I do that I can pretty much do whatever I want, so that is something I’ve really tried to focus on doing this year as I head into my senior season next year.”

Because Auburn is a school that consistently puts out top athletes — including LB Chris Young, DT Danny Shelton and OL Cory English — who schools from across the country are headed out to see, McNealy said schools have already talked to his coaches about what he does best.

“My coaches don’t want me to worry about recruiting right now,” McNealy said. “They just want me to focus on getting strong, working on my skills and going all out on every play.. they said if I do all those things the recruiting stuff will take care of itself.”

In addition to playing football, McNealy, who is a rangy athlete with a 6’3″ 220 pound frame, also plays basketball and runs track.

“I am mainly a post player in basketball, but I play that just to stay in shape and to compete,” McNealy said. “In track I do the high-hurdles, the 400 and the 4 x 400 relay.”

We’ll have more from McNealy in the near future as he begins the recruiting process. Demontra McNealy Highlights