Getting To Know: Michael McNeil

Sometimes people forget the early commits. They aren't necessarily the hardest fought battles and some are over in September like it was with Mike McNeil, but that shouldn't take away from the significance. McNeil knows what Nebraska did do in the West Coast Offense with a healthy Matt Herian and wants to be that type of weapon. Here is Mike McNeil, one on one.

Name: Michael McNeil
School: Kirkwood (Mo.)
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 215
40-time: 4.6

Position(s) played last year: Tight End and H-Back

Stats: 35 receptions for 686 yards and four touchdowns

Honors: first team all-conference and first team all-state

Official Visit Date: September 2, Maine game

Enjoyed the most on official visit: "I had visited Nebraska earlier that summer. The one thing that I wanted to see that I didn't see the time before was the gameday atmosphere. I wanted to see the fans and the town when people were there. When I went up there before it was like dead. Everyone was at home. I wanted to see how the fans were and how the place was in general."

"The whole city is in a whole different mode when there is a football game. Seriously, it was just like dead when I was up there that summer and then all the sudden there is a football game and the whole place is nuts. There were people tail-gating everywhere. At my hotel where I stayed for my official visit, the place was packed with people and there were people partying. It was just awesome to see how into it they were. It was cool. People were coming up to me and telling me to come and be a Husker. That was really cool."

Biggest factor in choosing Nebraska: "I'd say the coaching staff and the offense. I just think that they are all straight-shooters and will tell you the truth. I just formed a good relationship with a lot of them. There is just something about them. They are your friend, but at the same time they are going to help you get better at football. They are really good guys."

"Most tight ends this year would look at Nebraska and say that they don't use their tight end. But, if you look before Matt Herian got hurt that he was catching balls like crazy. The first game of the season of 2004 he had six or seven receptions for 98 yards and two touchdowns. I know that they get the ball to the tight end. I really like the way that they spread it out and throw the ball a lot."

Other schools considered: Wisconsin, Texas Tech, UCLA, Missouri, Kansas, and Illinois

What are you looking forward to the most when it comes to getting to Nebraska: "I would say for the first week to two weeks I am looking forward to just meeting everyone on the team. Just getting to make new friends. I don't know who I will be staying with this summer. I think that there is a good chance that I will end up staying with Keith Williams because we are both from St. Louis. I also took my official visit with Major Culbert and if he goes to the spring game I was just going to talk to him up there. I kind of assume that he will be living with Ricky Thenarse."

Funny recruiting story: "Missouri was pushing for me at the end. I took that trip to Colorado and I was going to go down to Missouri the next weekend and when I got back I just knew, just positive, that there was no better place for me than Nebraska. I was going to take the Missouri trip, but I knew that it wouldn't impact my decision."

"So Coach Pinkel and Coach Ford did an in-home visit that weekend. That day that they did an in-home our paper published a story about Jeremy Maclin and I and it said that I was 100% committed to Nebraska. The two coaches came over for dinner. My mom cooked dinner so we ate and then after we were done sat done and they just cut to the chase. They just asked if I was going to go to Nebraska and I said 'Yeah.'. They were like alright and said that they didn't think that I should take the visit that weekend and they got up and left."

"It was seriously five to ten minutes after having dinner and they just got up and left. It was kind of funny and awkward. I mean, Coach Pinkel sat me down, looked me right in the face and said 'Are you going to Nebraska?'. I just said I wasn't switching."

Number desired: "I want to wear "44". It was my grandpa's number when he was back in high school and college. I have been wearing it ever since high school. He went to Wisconsin for a year and switched to Central Michigan and played baseball and football there."

Message to Husker Nation: "Get ready for a lot of winning seasons to come."

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