A Michigan football coach might've fumbled on the recruiting trail, costing the Wolverines a prized defensive end.
DaiShon Neal, of Omaha, Nebraska, told his hometown radio station that he was planning to commit to Michigan, until defensive line coach Greg Mattison made a comment Neal and his family didn't appreciate.
"Michigan was a powerhouse. They came in and they stormed," Neal's father, Abraham Hoskins, told 1620 The Zone. "They made one bad statement, that without football, DaiShon wouldn't be able to go to Michigan, like we couldn't afford to send him there or we couldn't get him in academically."
Said Neal: "Basically they tried to call me stupid in front of my face."
Added Hoskins: "Once he said that, we pretty much escorted him out of the house. It was time for him to leave."
Michigan football officials can't comment on a recruit, per NCAA regulations. New Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh is trying to playing catchup in recruiting, since he was hired late in the game.
Neal, a 6-foot-8, 240-pound defensive end, has committed to Nebraska.
He also was considering Oklahoma and Ohio State.