Curtis Neal, a key recruit for Wisconsin in the last recruiting cycle, has offered a positive update after he was limited in spring practice while recovering from an ACL injury.

The 6-foot-1 and 290-pound 3-star defensive lineman from Cornelius, N.C. is expected to compete immediately for a spot on the defensive line. Neal shared on social media that he’s, “Finally medically cleared to participate in everything! this was a long mental battle for me.. Thank you god.”

Neal, who enrolled early with the Badgers, missed his senior season in high school because of the injury.

Buckys 5th quarter recapped Neal’s recruitment, which dates to his Wisconsin offer coming in September 2018. He went on to pick up over 30 offers — including from Alabama, Georgia, LSU, Michigan State, North Carolina, Ohio State, and Penn State — but it seemed Wisconsin had cooled on the prospect as he said there was little communication with the coaches. But in 2020, the Badgers again re-opened the talks and got him on campus for a visit the first weekend in June.

The battle came down to the Badgers and Ohio State and Neal picked UW.