McNeil still solid to Nebraska

Nebraska has always had an "in" when it came to recruiting players from Missouri. This year is no exception as they have locked up a quarterback in Josh Freeman and a tight end in Mike McNeil. McNeil picked up his first offer from Nebraska and Nebraska has been strong after McNeil from the beginning. Recently though, there had been rumors about McNeil's official to Colorado and some rumblings about Missouri coming back into the picture.

One of Nebraska's earliest commits was Michael McNeil. McNeil, a 6-foot-4 and 215 pound tight end satisfies a huge need in a big target, tight end that can run. However, is that big target taking a look around and swaying on his commitment?

"No, I didn't take an official to Missouri," McNeil said. "I took one to Colorado, but that was during the Nebraska game. I liked the school and it was nice, but I didn't like it as much as Nebraska and it didn't change my mind. I am definitely going to Nebraska."

That is one school that has recently had their name thrown around with Mike. However, the latest has been the in-state school, Missouri, who had come on late for McNeil and even after that late push McNeil is set to be a Husker.

"The deal with Missouri was that they came to my house, Pinkel and Ford, we all sat down to have dinner and they said that they saw that I was still committed to Nebraska. They asked me what my status was and I told them that I was 99% sure that I was going to Nebraska."

"I also told them that the only way that I would switch would be if there was a coaching change at Nebraska. They said that was fine and said maybe I should still take a visit to them. I told them I wasn't going to switch to them and they cancelled the visit."

McNeil is in his basketball season now and is seeing some of that weight that he had on his frame for football melt away for round ball. "I am currently 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds. I am in the middle of basketball season an it's had to put on any weight or even maintain it. I plan at being at Nebraska at about 225 and 230."

McNeil put in some serious effort this off-season to get some weight on a very lean, very long frame. In months McNeil was able to add 20+ pounds to his frame. He plans on working with the trainer again once basketball gets over with.

"I put on a lot of mass with a trainer last summer. I went in at 6-foot-4 and 199 pounds and came out at 6-foot-4 and 223. I put all of that weight on in about two months. I am going to go back to that personal trainer once I get what Nebraska has to send me after I sign my letter of intent."

McNeil's senior year was very impression. He averaged over 20 yards per catch from his tight end position. "I caught two passes that they considered runs because they were behind the line of scrimmage. So my total stats were two rushes for 17 yards, 33 receptions for 665 yards and four touchdowns with one two-point conversion."

With the additional weight this fall, McNeil enjoyed success in an area that wasn't his forte before. "I would still say that catching the ball and moving with it are my biggest strengths. After this year, and the additional weight, I definitely picked it up in blocking. I had several pancakes per game."


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