As Michigan continues to make its run at flipping commits before National Signing Day on Feb. 4, it seems Greg Mattison may have ticked off the top prospect in the state of Nebraska along the way.
Three-star defensive end Daishon Neal has been committed to the Nebraska Cornhuskers since April of last year, and he confirmed on radio Tuesday morning that he will be sticking with that decision.
Before that, though, his family welcomed in Mattison on Monday night, as the veteran recruiter tried getting Michigan’s great recruiting weekend to snowball into the work week. The Wolverines have already flipped linebacker Reuben Jones, a former Nebraska commit.
Neal’s father, Abraham Hoskins Jr., was at first impressed with Mattison and was even leaning toward encouraging his son to Michigan.
But a single comment from Mattison apparently shifted the whole mood of the meeting, and it was all downhill from there.
“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.”
Neal added: “(They) basically tried to call me stupid in front of my face.”
The NCAA prohibits institutions making public comments about any unsigned athletes, so Michigan will likely never be able to tell its side of the story.
Tyler Fenwick is the managing editor of The Big House Report. Follow him on Twitter @Ty_Fenwick.