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2020 DT Westley Neal plans to visit Michigan this summer
Miami (Fla.) Gulliver Prep 2020 defensive tackle Westley Neal was pulled out of physical education class on May 10 to learn of his offer from Michigan.
“It was right after Don Brown was in my coach’s office,” Neal said. “My coach told me I had an offer from Michigan. When he said that, I got very excited because this is a big-time offer.
“It’s very important to me because Michigan is a very good school and right now, that’s my best offer.”
The 5-foot-11, 311-pound defensive lineman has offers to play for Appalachian State, Boston College, Florida State, Jacksonville, Kentucky, Michigan, Syracuse, USF and Virginia. He has yet to be ranked.
“I’m still open to everyone, but I really am liking this Michigan love I am getting,” Neal said.
Neal has not taken many visits recently but plans to take a trip to Michigan during the summer to further evaluate the Wolverines.
“I don’t know when, but I’ll definitely come up for one [visit]. I’m looking forward to seeing the Big House and some of that Jordan gear.”
Being from Miami, Neal is looking at the hometown Hurricanes but has yet to receive an offer. He camped with the Hurricanes and unofficially visited twice.
Even if Miami offers, Neal is not so sure about sticking close to home.
“Playing far from home is not an issue to me,” Neal said. “I’m just trying to go somewhere I feel at home and comfortable. I also want to be able to trust and have a bond with my teammates.”
Michigan has put itself in a solid position for Neal in his recruitment. Early contact is important — especially for student-athletes from out of state.
With Brown’s defense and the swagger of the Wolverines, coach Jim Harbaugh’s team clearly has a chance with Neal.
2020 LB Devon Betty wants to play away from home
Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas 2020 4-star outside linebacker Devon Betty was called to his coach’s office to meet a few Michigan coaches at his high school on May 14.
After Betty exchanged a few brief words with the Michigan representatives, his coach told him the Wolverines had offered him a scholarship.
“It feels great. I heard a lot about Michigan in the past. I heard it’s a good program. The transition in with Jim Harbaugh was quite an amazing show with the way they excelled last year.
“I would really like to be a part of it.”
Betty said he does not have any plans to visit Michigan. However, he knows a trip is necessary to consider the Wolverines on a deeper level.
“I just got offered, but I want to learn more about them,” Betty said. “If I like it, my interest will go from there.”
The 6-foot, 190-pound linebacker has offers to play for Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio State, Oklahoma and South Carolina. He already knows he is seriously interested in the Buckeyes and Miami, but the Hurricanes have yet to offer.
“Miami is my home team and they show a lot of love and they have an outstanding program,” he said. “Ohio State has a great program too.”
Betty said he plans to make a decision after his junior season, which gives him enough time to think about all his college options.
Playing away from Florida always has been on Betty’s mind and is something that could sway him.
“Playing far away from home in different weather has always been on my mind,” Betty said. “I’ll just have to adjust to the new weather and new home.”
Betty is ranked No. 57 in the 2020 class, No. 5 at his position and is the No. 7 player in Florida, according to 247Sports.
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