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15 DAYS TO 2017 KICKOFF: Walter Neil Jr.

In which BracketCat counts down the 15th day until the 2017 kickoff with a profile of defensive back Walter Neil Jr.

#15 Randall Evans
Walter Neil Jr. will be the first K-State defensive back to wear No. 15 since Randall Evans was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles. Evans was a safety, though, while Neil is a corner all the way.
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Goal No. 15: LEADERSHIP. Everyone can set the example.

#15 Walter Neil Jr.

Redshirt Freshman | 5-9 | 165 lbs. | Lawton, Oklahoma
Walter Neil Jr.
Walter Neil Jr.
Courtesy Kansas State Athletics
  • Position: Defensive Back
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Second-String
  • Status: On Scholarship

Walter Donnell Neil Jr. (b. July 27, 1998) is a defensive back who sneaked under the radar in the 2016 class, despite an appearance at last year’s Rivals Camp Series. He originally was listed by many as a walk-on, but there was a scholarship available.

Neil, who redshirted in 2016 and currently appears to be a backup cornerback, lettered three years under head coach Brett Manning at MacArthur High School, where he helped the Highlanders to earn a combined 36-4 record in his three-year career, including a state championship in 2014.

He was named the 2015 Oklahoma District 5A-1 Defensive Back of the Year, was selected to play in the 2016 Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State Game and also was a state champion in track.