Recruit: Michigan assistant implied I couldn't get in without football

Tuesday January 27th, 2015

A recruit who was re-considering his commitment to Nebraska said he turned down an offer from Michigan because Wolverines defensive line coach Greg Mattison suggested he couldn't get into the school without football, according to ESPN's Mitch Sherman.

Defensive end Daishon Neal committed to Nebraska back in April, but was recently offered by Michigan and was considering the school. He and his family hosted Mattison at their house on Monday, according to

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Neal's father said he was leaning towards encouraging his son to choose the Wolverines until the comment was made. 

"Michigan was a powerhouse, they came in and they stormed us, they made one bad statement and it was over," Hoskins told 1620 on air. "They said without football, Daishon wouldn't be able to go to Michigan. Like we couldn't afford to send him there, or that we couldn't get him in academically."

Neal said the staff "basically tried to call me stupid in front of my face."

The three-star recruit is ranked as the No. 1 player in Nebraska from the Class of 2015, according to Rivals. He reaffirmed his commitment to the Huskers after the meeting with Mattison.

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On Saturday, new Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh picked up his first verbal commitment after three-star defensive end Reuben Jones flipped from Nebraska to the Wolverines.

- Molly Geary

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