After considering all of the new pitches, promises and offers, Omaha Central’s star defensive end is ready to end the recruiting process.
DaiShon Neal, a 6-foot-7, 240-pound prospect, wrote on Twitter Monday that he would reveal his final college choice during a radio interview at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday on KOZN 1620 The Zone.
He originally made a nonbinding commitment to Nebraska last April, but several other schools — including Oregon, Oklahoma and (most recently) Michigan — began actively courting Neal after NU fired coach Bo Pelini on Nov. 30.
Michigan sent an assistant coach to meet with Neal Monday morning, and Neal tweeted that he received a scholarship offer from the Wolverines. Michigan-based recruiting services reported that it was defensive line coach Greg Mattison who made the trip to Omaha.
Neal took an official visit to Nebraska’s campus over the weekend. He’d previously met with coach Mike Riley a week earlier, on the first day that the latest recruiting contact period opened.
The Huskers, seeking depth at defensive end, could use Neal’s help.
NU has just six scholarship defensive ends on its roster. One-time 2015 target Reuben Jones, from Lakeland, Florida, decided to make an oral commitment to Michigan Saturday.
The Nebraska coaching staff clearly made the defensive end position a recruiting priority Monday. Three names emerged.
Alex Davis, a Georgia Southern pledge, tweeted Monday that he’d received a scholarship offer from Nebraska. Davis is a 6-5, 220-pound defensive end from West Palm Beach, Florida — an under-the-radar target who’s only been playing the sport for a year.
Multiple recruiting sites reported Monday that junior college prospect Maurice Daniels (a 6-3, 220-pound end) is set to visit Lincoln this weekend. NU defensive line coach Hank Hughes recruited on Monday in Coalinga, California, where Daniels’ school — West Hills Community College — is located.
Then there’s Peter Bailey, a Hinds (Mississippi) Community College product. Nebraska coaches reportedly visited him as well Monday. Secondary coach Charlton Warren tweeted Monday morning that he and defensive coordinator Mark Banker would be making a stop in Mississippi.
Signing day isn’t until Feb. 4. The contact period does end Saturday, though.
Up soon on NU’s travel itinerary will be a trip to California, where tight end recruit Matt Snyder is weighing his options.
Snyder, who’s listed at 6-5, 245 pounds, made an oral commitment to Nebraska in December. But he visited Michigan last weekend. And now he has some things to think about.
“It’s such a huge decision,” Snyder told TheWolverine.com, part of the Rivals online network. “Obviously when you are there and at the basketball game and all the people are giving you love, it’s easy to get caught up in all of that. The thought of, ‘Man, I want to commit here,’ is there, but I knew I wanted to get home and really talk about it and wait for all of the hype to die down for a minute. I for sure had a good time, though.”
Snyder indicated that he’d like to make his decision relatively soon. He told Husker Online Monday that he’s set to host in-home visits with Riley and Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh this week.
“I want to be fair to both programs,” Snyder told TheWolverine.com. He said it’s between Michigan and Nebraska. “Wherever I end up not going, they have to figure out what they want to do so I want to give them time.”
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