Kirkwood's McNeil Weighs In On Cornhuskers

Behind Matt Herian sits some talent but a wealth of inexperience as the Cornhuskers go into their 2005 campaign. The Big Red is looking to make sure that tight end is a position taken care of in the future as they continue to go after Missouri prospect Michael McNeil. Is McNeil still as strongly interested in Nebraska as he was before?

It wasn't too long ago that Michael McNeil found himself in Lincoln, Nebraska adoring what the Cornhuskers had to offer him.  He found a bond with many of the coaches and some thought he was close to committing then.  Since that visit, other schools have increased the chase on McNeil and the fight to bring the Kirkwood, Missouri prospect home.

McNeil has no new offers to report and informed us that his total is up to nine with Nebraska, Wisconsin, Texas Tech, Kansas, Missouri, Indiana, Northwestern, Miami (OH) and Arkansas State all vying for his services.  Looking at the summer recruiting trails, McNeil is basically done save for a possible visit to Madison, Wisconsin. 

Looking at possible official visits, McNeil already has four schools in mind that he anticipates visiting.  "I don't have any set up specifically but I've already told Nebraska and Wisconsin that I'm going to take one there.  Texas Tech and Kansas will probably get one too," he said.  When last we spoke with Michael, Nebraska and Wisconsin were the teams to beat and that's still the case, but with a new offer, another team could jump into the works.  "I still like Nebraska a ton. Wisconsin's jumped up a lot and if UCLA offers they'd jump up too because they just needed some game film and I just sent that out," he said.

So with talk of a possible UCLA jump in his rankings, a Cornhusker fan might wonder if the effects of his visit are wearing a bit thin along with his relationship with Nebraska.  McNeil assures that this is not the case.  "(The relationship) has definitely been well.  I talked to Coach (Kevin) Cosgrove usually once every week or two and he always has me call Coach (Bill) Callahan so I talk to him.  I've been up there on an unofficial and enjoyed the coaches so definitely they've been awesome," he said.

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