"I liked the coaches," he said. "They're pretty cool, pretty down to earth and they know what they're doing. It's pretty close to where I live, and I like that."
The campus was also part of his decision.
"I liked it. I like the indoor facilities, and the stadium seems pretty nice."
Capable of playing multiple positions, there is not one spot set for Neering yet. The Chippewas simply want to see how he develops.
"They just say that they'll see how I progress, how much weight I put on and how I perform there. They're thinking defensive end or offensive tackle right now or maybe even defensive tackle depending on how much I gain."
A 6'7 in-state kid with a long frame, offers from Central and Eastern Michigan, that's exactly what Eric Fisher, this year's top overall draft pick, was coming out of high school.
"Maybe they can do that with me," Neering says. "It shows they know what they're doing."