June 8, 2016
ANN ARBOR – Michigan missed out on a chance to beef up its future offensive line.
Brett Neilon, a 2017 four-star center from Santa Margarita Catholic High School in California, verbally committed to USC on Wednesday via Twitter. His other two finalists were Michigan and Washington, according to a report Tuesday from 247 Sports.
At 6-foot-2 and 280 pounds, Neilon is the No. 2 center and No. 196 player overall of the 2017 class in the 247 Sports Composite rankings. According to a Scout report, both his dad and brother went to USC.
Neilon’s commitment to USC is the second news item this week regarding Michigan’s recruitment of 2017 centers. On Monday, IMG Academy’s Cesar Ruiz, the No. 1 center in the nation, said he no longer has a favorite in the recruiting process and would consider the top 12 he released in April, as well as other schools, equally. Michigan, Alabama and North Carolina were previously tied as his favorites.
Michigan has 13 players committed to its 2017 class, including four-star offensive tackle Ja’Raymond Hall from Oak Park.