Omaha Central defensive end DaiShon Neal committed to Nebraska on Wednesday, April 9, just hours after Omaha North offensive lineman Michael Decker committed to the Huskers. The two commits were the first in-state prospects in NU's 2015 class.
Neal became the ninth commit of Nebraska's 2015 class, and the first defensive end in the group. The junior had just returned from an unofficial visit to Oklahoma State, Central coach Jay Ball said, and had an offer from Ohio, but the Nebraska offer was one he was waiting on.
"It's a dream come true," Neal said. "It's something I always wanted to do. I'm glad my education's going to be paid for."
Neal received the offer from NU assistant coach Barney Cotton, his primary recruiter, over the phone and committed a half-hour later. He announced the decision on Twitter:
I announce my commitment to Nebraska! Blessed! #FutureHusker— DaiShon (@DaishonNeal90) April 10, 2014
According to 247Sports.com, Neal held offers from Illinois State, Ohio, South Dakota and South Dakota State. Neal was an All-District 1 selection by Metro Conference football coaches in December 2013 following his junior season.
He also played a reserve role on the Eagles' basketball team, a perennial Class A power.
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