Tide picks up another commitment for 2002

Standout prospect Trevis O'Neal told <I>BamaMag.com</I> last night that he has definitely made the decision to turn down a scholarship and walk on at Alabama. This is an outstanding hit for the Tide, as many recruiting analysts judge him to be a scholarship-quality athlete.

O'Neal (6-2, 225, 4.59, RB/LB) has outstanding potential, but for whatever reason fell just short of a definite scholarship offer from the major D1a schools in the area. If he follows through with his plan, O'Neal would be a valuable addition to a team facing NCAA sanctions and in desperate need of quality athletes.

Out of Birmingham's Leeds High School, O'Neal hails from the same school that produced Auburn star basketball player, Charles Barkley and football player, Rodney Garner (currently recruiting coordinator at Georgia).

This power back has blasted his way through holes and tacklers for the past three seasons. But O'Neal first burst on the scene as a sophomore when he accumulated 148 carries for 1076 yards. He backed that up as a junior with 1587 yards and 14 Tds despite the fact that Leeds only had 18 players.

As a junior, Leeds also doubled at linebacker, finishing up as the teams second leading tackler.

His senior year O'Neal pounded his way to 1942 yards on 206 carries (9.43 yards per carry) with 20 Tds in just 12 games. He didn't play much defense until later in his senior year, but he did manage 19 tackles in the second round of the playoffs against North Jackson.

This past year O'Neal was selected to the Super All Metro Team and the All State Team and was a finalist for the 4A Back of the Year---though many believe he was robbed of the award.

O'Neal will begin his college career at running back, but if that fails, he will move to linebacker.

He is the second cousin of Jamir Miller (UCLA, Arizona Cardinals first round pick, and present Cleveland Brown). O'Neal has camped at Alabama.

O'Neal sports a 31" vertical jump, and is already qualified. During the recruiting process he had inquiries and visits from Southern Miss, UAB, Iowa, and Massachusetts (offer). But he has decided to Roll with the Tide.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Many recruiting analysts believe O'Neal is worthy of a division 1a scholarship, and if qualifying sidelines several of Alabama's original signees it's possible (though not necessarily likely) that O'Neal could be given a scholarship by the Tide.


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