Florida Gators' Keanu Neal declares for 2016 NFL draft
Florida S Keanu Neal announced Wednesday that he will forgo his senior season to enter the NFL draft.
"This was honestly the hardest decision I've ever made, but prayer and family support helped a lot," Neal said in an Instagram post. "I would like to thanks all the coaches, advisors, 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."
Neal, a Bushnell South Sumter product, was one of the Gators' hardest hitters. The 6-foot-1, 216-pound Neal had 96 tackles and two sacks during his junior season after starting eight games as a sophomore.
He becomes the fifth Gator to declare early for the draft, after DB Vernon Hargreaves (Wharton High), RB Kelvin Taylor, WR Demarcus Robinson and DE Alex McCalister. S Marcus Maye is also considering an early departure for the NFL.
Neal will be the second person in his family to play in the NFL. Here's a story I wrote on Neal and his older brother, Clint Hart, in 2013.