Michigan's first impression on 2017 Santa Margarita (Calif.) Catholic offensive lineman Brett Neilon was a very good one.

Santa Margarita (Calif.) Catholic offensive lineman Brett Neilon was already pretty interested in Michigan when he made his way to Ann Arbor last weekend. Now on the heels of a memorable visit his interest level has risen even more.

Santa Margarita (Calif.) Catholic three-star offensive lineman Brett Neilon has had anything but a calm spring break. After trips to Stanford, USC, Washington, and California the Golden State standout headed east to Michigan. He was on hand for the spring game Friday and junior day Saturday, and found himself feeling very much at home in Ann Arbor.

“The visit went really really well,” Neilon told The Michigan Insider. “We got to see everything from academics, to athletics, to a carnival. (The coaches) spent a lot of time with me and made it clear that they wanted me, which is a great feeling. I talked with Al Netter, Mike Switzer and (Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line) Coach (Tim) Drevno. They made me feel like family. They spent a lot of time with me and took care of me on the visit. Made me feel wanted and welcomed.”

The coaches and players weren't the only ones making Neilon feel the love. The many commits on campus did too.

“JaRaymond Hall and Dylan McCaffrey talked to me about Michigan,” said Neilon. “They just said this is the best place. Great balance of football and academics. My host Grant Newsome was also awesome too.”


When the curtain fell on the visit it was clear that the Wolverines had helped themselves.

“(I'm) very interested,” said Neilon. “I like the academics for sure and they build you for life after football. They are going to win on the field also. No top list, open to all schools, but I’m very interested in Michigan.”

“(My parents) were very impressed,” Neilon added. “They loved Coach Harbaugh. He is a winner, but also cares about the development of his players on and off the field. He was also really funny, energetic and innovative.”

It was such a positive experience that the talented youngster said this may not be last time he makes his way to Ann Arbor.

Said Neilon, “it’s a place I could see myself at and will be a place I research and look at hard. Yeah, I will try to visit again.”


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