Evan Neal wrote himself a letter in high school. In the next four years, he saw himself as:
- An All-American left tackle (He became a consensus first-team All-American.)
- Going to a big Division I school for football (He won a national championship at the University of Alabama.)
- Growing a few more inches and being a basketball star for the high school (He went from 6-foot-3 as a 12-year-old to his current height of 6-foot-7.)
- Being a five-star recruit (He was tabbed as a five-star offensive tackle by all major recruiting outlets.)
"Greatness," his sister, Lashanti Grace, said. "I just feel like that word exemplifies him. I see his work ethic. If he says he's going to do something, he's going to do it."
This offseason, Neal, new tight end Darren Waller, wide receiver Darius Slayton, and outside linebacker Kayvon Thibodeaux let Giants cameras into their lives for a new series called "Giants Profiles."
In Neal's episode, which is now streaming on the Giants YouTube Channel and across all digital platforms, the second-year right tackle traveled back to his hometown of Okeechobee, located in South-Central Florida, for his first-ever football camp. And he brought company.
Andrew Thomas, Azeez Ojulari, Mark Glowinski, Ben Bredeson, Korey Cunningham, Marcus McKethan, Joshua Ezeudu, J.C. Hassenauer, and Tyre Phillips all made the trip, which also naturally included an alligator tour. From their time together, Neal felt like he learned a lot about his teammates, and they got to know more about him.
"We created memories, for sure," Neal said. "We are the largest county in square miles in the whole state of Florida, but it's all agriculture. The actual city itself is only a few blocks. We have one intersection, and that's it. We care a lot about agriculture, we do a lot of hunting, fishing, we are known for that. It's just a great place to be. Those are where my roots are. I'm going to be a Florida boy until I die. It's pride, man. I love my hometown so much. That's a testament to my parents and my community."
*The remaining "Giants Profiles" episodes are set to air each Thursday. *
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