Michigan had a strong presence on the west coast in the 2016 recruiting class. Now, in the 2017 class, the Michigan coaching staff wants to continue that trend by landing one of the top offensive linemen out of the west coast in 2017 Rancho Santa Margarita, CA (Santa Margarita Catholic) four-star center Brett Neilon.
The Wolverines offered Neilon several months ago and he has been a top-target for the staff ever since his offer. After a spring game visit to Ann Arbor and a recent visit from Michigan offensive line coach Tim Drevno on Tuesday. Michigan looks to be in really good position to land Neilon when he plans to make his commitment.
“Michigan is a program on the rise,” Neilon told me about Michigan. “Coach Harbaugh is building a national championship level team. Michigan has a rich history and a great academic side to go along with the football. They offer you the best of both worlds with football and education.”
The Michigan coaching staff is pursing many top-notch offensive linemen in the 2017 class. However, Neilon appears to be one of the top offensive linemen on the board for Michigan. Michigan offensive line coach Tim Drevno continued his pursuit of the talented west coast offensive lineman by visiting him on Tuesday during spring evaualation.
“Tim Drevno, he’s one of the best in the nation,” Neilon mentioned about Tim Drevno. “He coaches at an NFL level and produces great offensive line prospects. On Tuesday, he came by my school to see practice. We talked on the phone after and he just explained that they want me really bad. Plus, he told me that I have a chance to play early with their lack of depth at center.”
Neilon has a list of schools that he is considering heavily in Michigan, USC, UCLA, Washington, Stanford, Duke, and California. Many experts believe that his recruitment is between USC and Michigan, but Neilon is not ready to say that. However, he is ready to say that The Wolverines are a major contender and are very high with him.
“Michigan is very high up with me and are a top-school for me. My top schools changes everyday for me, I like Washington, USC, Stanford, Michigan, UCLA, Duke, and California. As of right now, those schools are sticking out to me. Those schools are high on the list because of academics and football, but I want to see what schools have to offer me.”
The summer time will be a busy time for Neilon and his recruitment will get crazy. Both Michigan and Stanford will surely get a visit from Neilon over the summer. He will camp at Stanford over the summer; as for Michigan, he will attend their satellite camp in Orange County. Not to mention, but a summer commitment is also on Neilon’s mind.
“I would like to make my commitment in the summer, but if not then I will in September. I plan to camp at Stanford in the summer and I will attend Michigan’s satellite camp in Orange County to just hang out with the coaches. I might also visit Michigan in the summer for an early official visit.”
The Wolverines appear to be in really good position to land Neilon by the time he makes his decision. Well, Neilon also seems to think that Michigan has a good chance with him.
“Michigan has a high probability to land me. I would commit to Michigan because of relationships, comfortable, academics and chance to be a part of a championship team.”
– Shane Kinnee (Senior Editor)