2017 Santa Margarita (Ca.) Catholic OL Brett Neilon updates where he's at in the process

2017 Santa Margarita (Ca.) Catholic OL Brett Neilon has begun to narrow things down a little and he updated Dawgman.com on which three schools are standing out and why...


"Things have been going pretty well. I've started to narrow things down a little bit," Neilon told Dawgman.com. "It's not like a final list or anything, I'm still open to other schools, but the three schools sticking out the most right now are USC, Washington and Michigan."

Neilon went on to talk about why each of those three programs are sticking out.

"With Washington, the trip I made up there (at the beginning of April) was one of the best I took," Neilon noted. "The staff there is really genuine and the program coach (Chris) Petersen has set up there gets their guys ready for life after football and I really liked their Business school there. I can definitely see myself going there.

"USC has great academics and they have a really rich tradition there. Coach (Clay) Helton is the new coach there and I think he'll have USC back to being USC in no time. They have a strong Business program there too and the proximity to home is definitely something to consider. 

"My trip to Michigan was sorta like my visit to Washington -- it was one of the best trips I took. Coach (Jim) Harbaugh has been there only one season and he went 10-3, so he's already got them on the right track and the Michigan brand is worldwide with their huge fanbase. I think he'll have them winning a National Championship in the next couple of years."

While Neilon said those are the three schools that have been sticking out, he said he's not ready to count out everyone.

"I'm still talking a lot with North Carolina and I want to get down to see Auburn and I'm also still pretty interested in Vanderbilt too," Neilon said. "Basically, I am only focusing on schools with great academics and schools with really good Business programs."

As far as when he plans to make his decision, Neilon said he's still hoping to decide before his senior season, but he isn't opposed to waiting.

"I definitely want to decide before my senior season, but if I'm not ready to decide by that time, I'll take it into my season and take a few of my official visits," Neilon said. "I'm not going to rush into a decision and then decide I made the wrong choice. I want to make sure I see everything I need to see and then, when I feel comfortable, that's when I will commit."


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