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Lewis Neal is now the co-owner of Hair Factory on Nicholson Drive.

Lewis Neal never imagined that his senior year at LSU would include a visit to the White House.

But that’s a real possibility next month, the Tigers defensive end said Wednesday. There’s just one hurdle left to cross.

“I’m going through security clearance now,” Neal said. “They’ve got to clear me. It’s the White House. You can’t just go in.”

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LSU defensive end Lewis Neal (92) tackles Southern Miss running back George Payne (24) in the first half, Saturday, October 15, 2016, at LSU in Baton Rouge, La.

Neal is being recognized as the first African-American athlete to own a financial investment firm. Neal isn’t sure if he’ll also visit the U.S. Capitol, and a date for the trip hasn’t yet been set.

A senior and two-year starter for the Tigers, Neal spent much of his college career trading on the Foreign Exchange market, commonly referred to as Forex, the world’s largest market with a turnover of about $4 trillion a day. 

“It’s really exciting,” he said of the trip to D.C. “It’s all about my schedule fitting into their schedule and being able to do it and getting cleared.”

Neal will play in his last college game Saturday when No. 19 LSU (7-4) meets No. 15 Louisville (9-3) in the Citrus Bowl at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida. 

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