This past weekend, the Michigan Wolverines hosted their in-state rivals, the Michigan State Spartans. While Rich Rodriguez' team fell short on the field, they made a great impression upon one of their official visitors, Monticello (Fla.) Jefferson County all-purpose back Devondrick Nealy.
"Michigan was awesome," Nealy said. "It was a pretty good experience as far as everything I got a chance to see. It is a pretty good opportunity, a good place to do something a little different."
During the visit, the 5-foot-10, 175-pound tailback said that he learned a lot about campus life and the things that make up the day-in, day-out life in Ann Arbor as a college student.
"The things that made me really like it there is the things outside of football," Nealy said. "It wasn't really about the things on the field with the coaches, it was about things outside of football. That stood out to me."
Prior to making his way to Michigan, the Wolverines landed a commitment from Orlando (Fla.) Dr. Phillips running back Demetrius Hart. Harts commitment will have an effect upon Nealy's recruitment, but it isn't a negative effect.
"That has a big effect on me," Nealy said. "Me and Dee got pretty close playing at Gridiron Kings in Orlando. We had a good connection there. So that will make a big impact on my decision. I would like to play with him, no doubt."
In addition to Michigan, two schools from the SEC make up his current top three for Nealy, who has rushed for 1021 yards and 19 touchdowns on 62 carries through six games of his senior season.
"Arkansas and Auburn," Nealy said. "It is really just those two and Michigan. I haven't scheduled trips to them yet. I do plan to take officials there though. I am working on dates now."
At this time, Nealy said that the Wolverines made a great impression upon him but he isn't ready to name a sole leader amongst his three finalists.
"I don't have a leader, everybody is pretty close, all three of those teams," Nealy said. "I just have to pick out the best school for me and that will be the end of that. Michigan did a great job this past weekend and has given me a lot to think about."
When it comes time to decide, Nealy knows what he wants in the school he opts for.
"I want a school that is the best place to be, where the people are real and the people love each other," Nealy said. "I want somewhere that is a family, where you have a good connection with the other players. A place that is the best team they can be."
Nealy has received a standardized test score back and combined with his GPA expects to be fully qualified.