Illinois Athlete Talks Ball State Offer

Ball State is the first school to recognize the talent of Illinois WR/S

Corde O'Neal is a beast on both sides of the ball. The 6-4 200 athlete from Summit (IL) Argo High School has the tools to be a standout WR, a Safety or even a rangy, cover LB. It is the variety of his skills that got the attention of Ball State coaches and eventually got him an offer.

"I had received an email from Coach (Daryl) Dixon," O'Neal said. "He was like – I wanted to reach out to you and let you know Ball State was coming for you pronto. He said he'd noticed that I could play both sides of the ball and had great body control for a kid my size. He wanted me down for a visit."

So visit Ball State is what O'Neal did and it was on his visit that the news of his offer came.

"I went down for the visit," O'Neal said. "I met all the coaches. I then received a tour of the football facilities and campus. Then I met Coach (Pete) Lembo and we had a wonderful conversation. I told him I wanted to study Education and be a Biology teacher. It was soon after that he offered me. It was a huge surprise."

With his ability to make plays and stretch defenses as a wide receiver and his skills as a centerfielder and hitter on defense, what would O'Neal rather play?

"I prefer defense," he said. "I love contact."

As for other schools on O'Neal's radar, Ball State was the first to come into contact with him, but he states that Syracuse, Iowa, Stanford and Northwestern have all inquired about him through his coach.

Corde O'Neal's Junior Highlights.

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