247Sports three-star defensive end Daishon Neal, the top-rated prep player in the state of Nebraska, has been committed to home-state Cornhuskers since April, but with a coaching change and new offers from several schools, including Oregon, he is considering a last-minute flip.

At 6-foot-7, 250 pounds, Neal has ideal size for the Ducks’ defensive line, and he believes Oregon may be the best school for him to develop his skills. To be sure, he’ll take a visit to Eugene on January 30 – just five days before signing day.

“It’s 50-50,” he explained. “I just want to go out to the campus and see for myself. Once I see it, I’ll make my decision from there.”

The defensive end likes the “Win The Day” mentality at Oregon, and believes he fits into that system.

“I like Coach (Ron) Aiken. I like how he says how there’s nothing but competition there. Each day is about becoming a better player than what you were yesterday,” he said. “It’s about the team and achieving the goal that they have, which is, of course, winning a national title. It’s also about being the best man you can be and getting an education.”

While Oregon is just days away from a national championship game against Ohio State, Neal said his thoughts about the program won’t change based on the outcome. In his mind, the Ducks have already proven that they belong among the nation’s elite.

“I just sit back and when I watch the games, I see the intensity of the defense, the coaching staff, the way they play together, the attitude, the type of stuff like that,” he said. “I like what they have to offer. They are showing the country what I know, that they aren’t all about Nike, all about the flash. They are playing with aggression and can actually play.”

But Oregon isn’t alone with a late-season push. Oklahoma and Iowa have recently entered the picture and Neal is planning a visit to check out the Sooners on January 16.

“It’s really out of Oregon and Nebraska at the moment,” he said. “With Oklahoma, I’m going to go up there and see what they have to offer. If I like it there, it’ll be Oregon and Oklahoma.”

As a senior, Neal was named to the All-Class Super-State Defense after registering 51 tackles, 11.5 tackles-for-loss and five sacks.

With his impressive frame and hunger to improve, Neal is just scratching the surface of his potential. The coaching change opened the door for the Ducks to enter the fold. In late January, it looks as though they’ll have an opportunity to kick it off its hinges.

Even with a great trip, however, Oregon fans will have to wait it out until the end.

“I’ll announce my decision on signing day,” Neal explained.

— Andrew Nemec | @AndrewNemec 

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