Despite only playing a little over a year of H.S football, Eagles offensive lineman Brett Neilon has already established himself as one of the top prospects in the 2017 class out West.
Neilon played a lot of right tackle for the Eagles last year as well as guard but projects best as an interior lineman in college. He's very strong, light on his feet and equally adept as a run blocker and pass protector. He's a physical player, very aggressive who knows how to finish and for being new to the game, plays with surprising technique.
"I actually grew up in Japan and didn't move out to SoCal until my 8th grade year," Neilon said. "It was definitely a big transition for me culturally but I love it here. My parents grew up here and kept the house so we would visit every summer and now were back for good. I never played football until H.S though and had injury problems my freshman year so I really consider last season, my first real season playing footabll.
"I really got a lot of help from K.J. Costello, I don't think I would be where I am today without all the help from him and his dad. K.J. helped me to stay focused and always checked on me to make sure I was good. He helped me a lot in my game mentally and I'm very thankful for all he has done."
With a 4.0 GPA, Neilon is getting it done in the classroom as well and his recruitment is starting to pick up. He landed offer No. 5 on Wednesday night.
"Washington State just offered," Neilon said. "I also have Arizona State, Cal, Hawaii and UCLA. I'm supposed to talk with Coach Bloomgren at Stanford today and would love to get out there for a visit during the year. I'll be at the UCLA-Virginia game this weekend and I'm going to try and get out to as many games as I can this year that don't conflict with my schedule.
"I'll be at UCLA for the ASU game, then I'll visit ASU for the Arizona game and Cal when they host Oregon State or ASU depending on my schedule. I would like to get out to Wazzu as well and maybe Washington or USC if they show some interest too. If they offer, I'll visit Duke again too, I'm still trying to figure it all out."
As for a timeframe for making a decision, Neilon is in no hurry right now.
"I'll commit when I'm ready, hopefully before my senior season," Neilon said. "Right now, I don't have any leaders or favorites. I'm in no rush and every school that I'm looking at stands out the same for me. I'll take some of these visits and that should help me figure out where the best place for me is."