Gabe Nealy finally decided to pull the trigger and be the first defensive back to commit to Michigan State for the 2021 recruiting class. The 6-4, 175 pound defensive back committed April 11th. We were able to speak to Nealy about his decision.
Who is Nealy?
Nealy, out of Miami (FL) Gulliver Prep, is a 3-star safety. He is the 143rd-best player in Florida and the 71st-best safety nationally. Gabe ultimately chose Michigan State over Miami, Nebraska, Kentucky, and Louisville. Gabe has one advantage over most defensive backs and safeties. The Miami native stands 6-4 – a very unusual trait on defense. I asked Gabe about his height on defense. He told me, “I wasn’t always at cornerback. At first, I started at wide receiver, and then I got moved to safety. But during my Sophmore year in the summer, my coach came to me and told me I had an opportunity to be something special at the cornerback position”.
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Adding to the Class
This addition to the Michigan State 2021 recruiting class is much bigger than Spartan fans realize. It opens up an out-of-state pipeline to build Michigan State back into a national brand. I finished off my interview with Gabe Nealy by asking him what ultimately made you come to the realization that this is where you wanted to play college football? His response was “Me living in Miami and going all the way up to East Lansing, my family needed some reassurance. And the knowledge Coach Tucker has made me realize this is where I want to attend college, and I don’t think I can find it at any other school”.