Written by Corbett Smith
Lincoln two-sport stars Erick and Derrick Neal commit to UT-Arlington for basketball
One of the big recruiting questions in Dallas ISD was whether Erick and Derrick Neal — the two-sport stars in football and basketball at Lincoln — would stay together as the collegiate level. Early returns said no, with Derrick committing in May to Kliff Kingsbury and the Texas Tech football program, while Erick remained steadfast that he’d play college basketball.
It appears, as of right now, that the question has been answered. The Neal twins committed to UT-Arlington’s basketball program on Tuesday. Both brothers confirmed the news on Twitter. The twins had one other Division I basketball offer, Long Island.
“At one point I thought I wanted to play football, but it was more important to play college basketball with my brother,” Derrick told TexasHoops.com's Blue Zertuche. “We have always talked about going to the same college, and with me playing football, it might not have happened. I love basketball and getting the opportunity to play near home, and with [Erick] is what I’ve always wanted.”
Both play-making 5-9 guards have had successful summers on the AAU circuit, winning the Great American Shoot-Out in Duncanville with their AAU team, Deron Williams Elite (which also featured DISD standouts Jeremy Combs [Carter] and D’Angelo Allen [Kimball]).
It’s a bit of a blow to Texas Tech’s recruiting class. Derrick was considered by 24/7 Sports as a 4-star recruit and the top-ranked Red Raider pledge. He told Zertuche that he’s contemplating not playing football for Lincoln in the fall, which would be a major setback for new Lincoln football coach Zarnell Fitch. Derrick and Erick Neal both scored 15 touchdowns each for Lincoln in 2012.