Lia Neal Visits USC This Weekend

The recruiting trips of Missy Franklin have been under a tight telescope this fall, but her fellow class of 2013 Olympian Lia Neal has flown relatively under-the-radar, but she begins her official trips this weekend in Southern California with Dave Salo’s USC Trojans.

Out of the rumored lead suitors for Neal’s services (USC, Cal, Texas, Stanford), the Trojans could probably most use the services of a sprinter of her caliber. Neal had bests of 22.5/48.1 as just a sophomore in high school in 2010, both of which would have placed her 2nd on the USC team last season. We don’t know exactly how fast she is at a peak in yards; though her improvement in yards times slowed last season, she was clearly focused on making the Olympic Team – which she did and with huge success, earning a bronze medal with a finals swim on the 400 free relay.

Of course, there’s not a team in the country that wouldn’t fall all over themselves to grab a swimmer of Neal’s talents, but a sprinter of that level is what this team was missing each of the last two seasons as they finished 3rd both years, respectively. This would also help the Trojans keep pace with their California counterparts in Berkeley, who have already earned a verbal from the #2 sprinter in the class, Kristen Vredeveld.

From Left to Right – Lia Neal, Ashley Brewer, Andrea Kropp, and fellow recruit Emily Cameron enjoy breakfast on Friday morning in LA. (Photo via Kropp’s Twitter account)

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8 years ago

Interesting that no UGA!?!

Reply to  Korn
8 years ago

I wonder how many scholarships UGA will have available for this recruiting class? There are 4 seniors this year, and I assume Allison Schmitt and Megan Romano are both on near to full scholarships given their caliber (and their out-of-state status). But there are 29 girls on UGA’s team this year! Wow! I assume most of them are only on partial athletic scholarships (or none!). If Lia does take her 5th visit (assuming the above rumored schools are true), I’m sure it’ll be Georgia. Hopefully she and Missy make their decisions soon so that schools are able to make calculations to see how many scholarships are available to the rest of the recruits. I wouldn’t be surprised if Teri is… Read more »

Reply to  anonymous
8 years ago

Lia is not looking at UGA. That’s what I have heard from her personally.

8 years ago

I think this is a great fit for Lia.

Nancy Drew
8 years ago

I think it’s great for Lia too – more power to her!

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