DaiShon Neal was a name that hit Nebraska fans by surprise. The 6-foot-7 and 245-pound defensive end from Omaha (Nebr.) Central was offered by Nebraska and quickly he accepted. He said on 1620 The Zone in Omaha last week that he's working right now to get in great shape.
"My dad has me lifting 24-7," Neal said. "He wants my body sore and to play through it. He wants me to get my body in the best shape possible."
Gary Sharp and former Husker running back Damon Benning were interview the future Husker. He was in studio with the duo and he was asked what his thoughts were about Big Red Weekend when he attended on June 7th.
"It put a real good impression on me. I enjoyed seeing the coaching staff and Avery (Anderson). I was glad to see what the university had to offer academic-wise and not just football."
Benning hit on what many feel about Neal and that is that he has a great frame to hold weight, but how much? Neal has some goals set for himself to play at about 15 pounds heavier than he currently is and become a better athlete at the same time.
"I want to be at 260-pounds the start of my senior year, but I am comfortable with what my dad has be doing. He has be running track to get faster, still has me lifting, keeps my body active so I can get faster and become a way better athlete on the defensive line and quicker to become a bigger threat."
Recruiting can be intrusive and become a distraction despite being committed to a school from very early in the process. The summer can be a difficult stretch, but Neal's schedule isn't allowing for much free time.
"I have a busy schedule. I get up in the morning and go to football. Then I go to work and then I go to track. I really don't have time for much else so that's how I stay focused."
Another reason why the summer can be a difficult stretch for a commitment is when a new offer comes in. Oregon recently offered the Nebraska commitment which sent some panic through many Nebraska fans. Neal wants to put those fans at ease.
"Nebraska is definitely No. 1 on my list," Neal said. "I have told everyone that I am 100% a Husker commit; there's nothing to worry about. I enjoy all of the other offers because it's a once in a lifetime experience, but I am still 100% a Husker."
The distractions of the process can be overwhelming, but Neal says that he's expected days like these. He considers every offer a blessing.
"I have been expecting this moment since I was knee-high. I've been playing football all my life, my dad has been on me, I have been blessed with this opportunity. It's not like it's not shocking, I was very glad to get the offer, it was exciting."
People should take the same approach to Neal's process like he has because Oregon isn't the end of other schools offering; they are the beginning. Neal is going to be one of the players on Nebraska's commitment list that climbs the recruiting rankings the most between now and signing day.
"All I can say is that Nebraska is No. 1 on my list. I know everybody has been worried and they feel threatened that Oregon offered. A lot of people want me to go to Oregon. I am going to keep my head straight, say on the GBR rolled and go down to Lincoln."