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Illinois grad transfer T.J. Neal interested in West Virginia

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Neal accounted for 109 tackles in 2015. Photo credit USA Today Sports

Illinois starting junior linebacker TJ Neal is looking to transfer for his senior season and the Mountaineers have made the list. Neal finished his junior season as the second leading tackler for the Illini with 109 tackles. The 6’1 235 lb linebacker played in every game for the Illini over the last three seasons.

Neal tells BGS that he has been in contact with WVU defensive coordinator Tony Gibson and plans to visit the Mountaineers on February 9th. The prospect of immediate playing time is something that has put the Mountaineers atop his list of schools. Pitt, Penn State, and Auburn are also being considered by the talented linebacker.

Although just a junior, Neal has graduated from Illinois and would be available to play immediately for the 2016 season in what would be his final season of eligibility.

Jeremy Simon
Founder and publisher of, Jeremy is also a contributor to USA Today as well as covers the Mountaineers for Athlon Sports. Follow on Twitter @JSi07
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