Speedy O'Neal is Ready to Wear The Garnet & Gold

Last January, wide receiver Kenny O'Neal of Oakland (CA) Skyline gave the Seminoles some good news with a commitment to his childhood favorite Florida State. In addition to being of the top football players in the country, he's the third fastest prep track runner in the nation. The Territory.org caught up with him to discuss his special track achievements and to talk Seminole football.


"I won the California State championship in the 100 meter with 10.34 seconds," O'Neil said.

The next fastest person in California was Terrail Lambert of St Bonaventura with a time of 10.54 seconds. How does he compare with the prep track stars from across the country?

"I'm the third fastest person in high school," he said. "Walter Dix of Miami is the fastest with a 10.28 100 meter and I'm right behind Ivory Williams of Texas with a 10.33. Before the summer ends, I'm going to break the national record."

O'Neal just graduated from high school on Monday and he's anxious to wear the Garnet & Gold uniform.

"Football is my first love and I can't wait to get the season started," he said. "I'm ready to beat up on those Hurricanes. I don't want to redshirt but if it happens I'm cool with it. If I don't redshirt, I was told I'm returning the first kickoff."

The Insiders No. 8 rated wide receiver in the country tore up the high school ranks as a senior by catching 35 passes for 850 yards and 24 touchdowns. He also returned three kickoffs for scores.

At the next level, he will not only scare defensive coordinators with his speed, but also with his size and athletic ability.

"Right now I'm 6-foot-1 and 205 pounds," he said. "Not too many people will be able to out jump me either. Just last week I had a vertical jump of 45 inches."

O'Neal didn't get the hype early in the recruiting process most likely because he transferred to a school across the country after his junior season.

"Also, a lot of people probably didn't know me because I didn't attend the Nike camp," he said. "My coach called Florida State in January and sent them film. After they got the film Coach Lilly flew out to California and offered me."

At that time in the recruiting process O'Neal was favoring his native state of Georgia but with a Seminole offer that quickly changed.

"When Georgia visited me, I told their coaches that it was a dead tie with them and Florida State," he said. "I obviously had Florida State on my mind."

Shortly after that O'Neal visited Florida State on an official visit which sealed the deal for the Seminoles.

"I visited Florida State on their banquet weekend and I came away very impressed," he said. "I was impressed with their coaches and with Bobby Bowden being the head coach they were hard to turn down. They pass the ball to the wide receivers more than any program in the country. I also got along with their recruits. Quarterback Drew Weatherford is all about football and I like that. That boy has a strong arm."

O'Neal will report to Tallahassee this August and he will be wearing the No 4 jersey for the next for to five years of his college career.

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