What happened with Daishon Neal?
The above question was a popular one on Tuesday, when three-star 2015 Nebraska defensive end commit Daishon Neal (Omaha, Nebraska) announced on a local radio program he would be sticking with the Cornhuskers.
Michigan had offered him on Monday and sent defensive line coach Greg Mattison in for an in-home visit with the Neal family. The offer looked to put the Wolverines in prime position to flip the 6-foot-7, 250 pound defensive end.
But them something changed.
Neal's father, Abraham Hoskins Jr., said during the radio interview that the family was offended by comments that Mattison made.
"Michigan was a powerhouse, they came in and they stormed us, they made one bad statement and it was over," Hoskins said. "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 did not like what he had heard, saying that "(They) basically tried to call me stupid in front of my face."
Prior to that taking place, they confirmed that Michigan was indeed in a good spot to have Neal flip his commitment.
"I was leaning towards Michigan, with their academics, stats, everything," Hoskins said. "What if he never played again in his life, that degree could have taken him anywhere."
As I said Tuesday, this is a classic example of the "he said, she said" sort of behavior on the recruiting trail. Mattison likely was just letting the player know how lucky he is that his athletic skills can get him into Michigan. It was taken another way, and now both sides will part ways.
This will not effect Michigan on the trail. Mattison is one of the best recruiters in the country and is well-respected in the college game. Both sides have moved on and that is that.
deWeaver decommits from Michigan
Michigan received their first decommitment of the Jim Harbaugh era on Tuesday night when four-star quarterback Messiah deWeaver (Dayton, Ohio) announced via his Twitter account that he was opening things back up.
"After conversations with my family and God, I am announcing that I will be reopening my recruitment and decommitting from the University of Michigan," he said. "Thank you to everyone who supported me and still supports me through this decision."
deWeaver committed to Michigan back in June 2014 after an offer from Brady Hoke's staff during a camp at Michigan. Jim Harbaugh has visited him recently, but it is not much of a surprise that he is deciding to go in another direction.
He is a four-star prospect and the 14th ranked pro-style quarterback in the class of 2016, according to the 247 Composite.
Harbaugh is already looking at quarterbacks for the 2016 class, as he visited Jacob Eason, the class' top pro-style signal caller, on Tuesday.
Wheatley takes official visit Tuesday
Four-star prospect Tyrone Wheatley Jr. (Manlius, New York) was on Michigan's campus Tuesday taking his official visit to the school, according to Steve Lorenz of 247 Sports.
Wheatley is the son of running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley and has long been favored to end up a part of Michigan's 2015 class even before his father took the job.
Right now, it looks like the new staff is recruiting him as an athlete. The plan is to just try to get him on campus and figure out where he fits best from there. He is listed as both a tight end and defensive end on many of the major recruiting websites.
Clark getting in-home visit from Harbaugh Wednesday
Four-star 2015 tight end Chris Clark (Avon, Connecticut) will be getting an in-home visit from Michigan on Wednesday, according to his Twitter account.
Clark is arguably the top target for Michigan heading into signing day on Feb. 4. He took his official visit to Ann Arbor two weekends ago and was at UCLA this weekend. The Bruins and Wolverines will continue to fight it out for his services over the next week or so.
This meeting will go a long way in determining Michigan's chances with the nation's top tight end prospect. He will be making his decision on signing day, but the Wolverines could use a momentum push with days remaining in the process.
Pair of '15 prospects shut down their recruitments, won't flip to Michigan
The 2015 recruiting class picture gets painted a little clearer as each day passes. Earlier, we hit on Daishon Neal sticking with his commitment to Nebraska. A pair of targets that Michigan was high on have also done the same.
On Monday, both linebacker/fullback Reagan Williams and cornerback Will Lockett announced that they are firm in their commitments to Stanford and UCLA, respectively.
If Michigan takes a linebacker in this class, it will likely be Roquan Smith. In terms of fullbacks, that does not appear likely. Two cornerbacks being taken could definitely happen. We'll have to wait and see what happens with Iman Marshall and Damon Arnette.
Can Michigan afford to let Weber to go OSU?
Our Ricky Lindsay (welcome to MnB, Ricky!) wrote a piece the other day regarding four-star 2015 running back Mike Weber (Detroit, Michigan), who Michigan is trying to flip from the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Lindsay had an interesting take on the subject. A snipped of that can be found below:
If his skills translate to the collegiate level, Weber has the chance to become a feature back for whomever he suits up for. This became evident to me on Nov. 15, 2014, following my first exposure to the star recruit.
It was the regional round of the Michigan High School Athletic Association playoffs and Weber's Cass Tech team was hosting Chippewa Valley (Clinton Township, Mich.) in the final home game of his prep career.This became evident to me on Nov. 15, 2014, following my first exposure to the star recruit.
Both teams possessed future collegiate talent but Weber was on another level.
He routinely broke jaw-dropping runs and looked untouchable at times, bouncing off defenders with ease while utilizing a mix or power and speed.
Like a pinball ricocheting off a collection of bumpers, Weber racked up an MHSAA postseason record 404 rushing yards and scored five touchdowns. Four of the five touchdowns came on rushes of at least 44 yards. A sparkling home sendoff in a decorated prep career.
There's plenty of other areas that need addressing in Michigan's 2015 recruiting class between now and signing day. And it possesses a bevy of capable backs on its roster, headlined by former five-stars Derrick Green and Ty Isaac, both who should be factors this fall.
But missing out on a homegrown talent like Weber, especially to rival Ohio State, might prove costly to the Wolverines.
Hit the link above for the full piece. He makes a lot of good points in there.
- 2016 offensive tackle EJ Price released his list of top ten schools, where Michigan comes in at number-two.
- 2016 athlete Ahmir Mitchell has Michigan in his top eight.