Michigan Loses Out On Nebraska Recruit By Reportedly Insinuating He Wasn’t Smart Enough To Get In
Michigan appeared to have a chance at flipping the No. 1 recruit in the state of Nebraska until one of their coaches offended the recruit and his family.
MLive.com reports U-M defensive line coach Greg Mattison met with Daishon Neal, a 6-8 250-pound defensive end committed to Nebraska, on Tuesday at his home in Nebraska. Neal was mulling over a potential switch to U-M, until he and his father say Mattison insulted him.
"Michigan was a powerhouse, they came in and they stormed us, they made one bad statement and it was over," Neal's father Abraham Hoskins Jr., a former college football player himself, told Omaha's 1620.
"They said without football, Daishon wouldn't be able to go to Michigan. Like we couldn't afford to send him there, or that we couldn't get him in academically. Once he said that, we pretty much escorted him out of the house."
MLive reports Neal said Mattison "basically tried to call me stupid in front of my face."
Neal is rated as a three-star recruit by various recruiting services. He also had offers from Arkansas, Iowa, Oklahoma and Oregon, among others.
Don't expect Mattison or any other U-M coach to make any comments about the situation with Neal: The NCAA prohibits coaches from speaking publicly about unsigned recruits.
Michigan, under new head coach Jim Harbaugh, is trying to rebuild its current recruiting class, which was hurt by several decommitments once Brady Hoke was let go in December. Recruits have until National Signing Day on Wednesday, Feb. 4 to make choose where they will play college football.