Aggies offer Indians’ McZeal

Published 8:16 pm Monday, June 6, 2016

Port Neches-Groves rising senior Keynel McZeal verbally committed to Texas A&M on Sunday, shortly after working out at the Aggies’ one-day mini camp.

“It’s always been a dream for me to play in Aggieland,” said McZeal, a wide receiver who’s also being recruited as a tight end. “The day we went up there, the way they treated us … it was instant in the decision. It’s close to home, and everybody can watch me play when I do get the chance to get on the field.”

McZeal is rated as a three-star athlete, standing 6-feet-4 and weighing 225 pounds, according to A&M is the seventh school that offered him.

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“He had been getting a lot of interests all year long,” PNG coach Brandon Faircloth said. “They came and watched him practice multiple times. He’s a great kid who works hard, very physically gifted. We’re happy for the opportunity for him and his family.”

The scholarship offer — and the ensuing commitment — came within just one day.

“We went to the camp, coach said he was going to give me an offer, we sat down to eat and talked about it,” McZeal said. “After that, it was pretty much decided.”

Texas State, UTSA, Tulane, Louisiana-Monroe, Southeastern Louisiana and Army also offered McZeal.

McZeal missed seven games last season with a dislocated wrist, but still finished with 266 yards and three touchdowns on 22 receptions. But he doesn’t think playing tight end in college would be much of an adjustment.

“I played it in little league and in high school, so I’m kind of used to it,” McZeal said. “I’ve been working on it. It’s going to be different, but it shouldn’t be too hard to get used to.”

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I.C. Murrell was promoted to editor of The News, effective Oct. 14, 2019. He previously served as sports editor since August 2015 and has won or shared eight first-place awards from state newspaper associations and corporations. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mostly in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

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