Michigan made its presence felt on the West Coast last year signing three of the Golden State's top prospects their 2016 class. One of those recruits were dynamic wide receiver Dylan Crawford, who hails from Santa Margarita (Calif.) Catholic High School.
The Wolverines now have their eyes on another prospect from the powerhouse football program in junior offensive guard Brett Neilon.
“(Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line) Coach (Tim) Drevno came to my school and he left his number. He offered me later that night when I called,” Neilon told The Michigan Insider. “I did the Mission Viejo satellite camp out here and he really liked me then, but only about two weeks before the offer did we start communicating. I am very interested especially if I get into Ross School (of Business), but I will have to ask Coach Drevno about that when I head up there. It’s a big one for sure and just a very storied program.”
With an Wolverine offer in his pocket, the 6-2, 275-pound road-graderdoesn't plan to wait very long to check Ann Arbor in person.
“I’m planning on going with my dad, Wyatt Davis and his dad to Michigan in late March,” said Neilon. “(Looking forward) to getting to know the coaching staff because I know most of them will be there for awhile and also seeing Ann Arbor.”
Knowing that his teammate Dylan Crawford is heading to play in the Big House next season is also very appealing.
“We were pretty close considering he came in this year," Neilon said. "Shen he gets to Michigan I will definitely be asking him about it. Michigan fans should be very excited about him. He will make plays for them. He’s a great player and one of the most explosive players I’ve seen with my own eyes.”
With so much time left between now and Signing Day 2017 rolls back around Neilon isn't in any rush to make a decision. That said, he already knows Michigan will figure prominently in the discussion when he does.
“I don’t have a top list yet,” he said. “Michigan will be a top school when all said and done though. They will get heavy consideration. Anyone with an offer can't not consider Michigan. Awesome school, great facilities, crazy fan base and rich history plus great coaches. Can’t go wrong.”