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Top Grad Transfer QB Announces New Destination

A general view of Vanderbilt's football field.

NASHVILLE, TN - SEPTEMBER 17: A general view of the game between the Vanderbilt Commodores and the Ole Miss Rebels at Vanderbilt Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

Ball State grad transfer quarterback Riley Neal will take his talents to the SEC for his final season. Neal announced tonight he will be transferring to Vanderbilt.

247Sports' Steve Wiltfong first reported news of Neal's decision. Louisville was also in pursuit of the MAC standout.

Neal will look to replace Vandy four-year starter Kyle Shurmur, who is graduating.

"They obviously were in the market for a quarterback, I was looking for a school that needed a quarterback," Neal told Wiltfong. "I went there and visited with their staff and saw everything and it was a good fit.

"They have a lot of guys returning. Their team has some good players that have a year left. Their quarterback situation, you're not going to go anywhere where they're going to tell you it's a lock but they don't have a ton of guys on their roster and they're graduating their starter."

Injuries limited Neal to three games in 2017 and nine games this year. He completed 194 of 335 passes for 1,917 yards, 11 touchdowns and four interceptions in 2018.

For his career at Ball State, Neal completed 60 percent of his passes, throwing for 7,393 yards, 46 touchdowns and 25 interceptions.

Ball State finished the 2018 season with a 4-8 record.