Brendan O'Neil commits

Wake Forest landed a big prospect from New England when Brendan O'Neil, a 6-foot-5, 230-pound tight end from Buckingham Browne & Nichols (BB&N) School in Cambridge, Mass. gave his verbal pledge to his recruiter and future position coach, Steed Lobotzke. O'Neil chose Wake Forest with other coming from offers from Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Temple.

"There are so many things that sold me on Wake Forest," said Brendan O'Neil. "The biggest thing is their academic reputation is incredible. I'm from Massachusetts, and I know what a great school Wake Forest is. They're in a great conference, the ACC. I know they won the ACC in 2006, and I'm going there to try and help them accomplish another championship. I like what they do with the offense and how they use the tight end."

O'Neil took a trip to Winston-Salem in March. The following month he was extended an offer from Coach Lobotzke. He returned to Wake Forest last week with both of his parents.

"My Mom and Dad absolutely fell in love with the place," O'Neil stated. "We got to meet the staff and took a tour of the campus and the facilities. When we got back we talked about the football, academic, and social benefits of going to Wake Forest. We all agreed it was the best fit for me. One reason I chose to go there is it's very similar to my high school, a private school with great football and academics."

As a junior at BB&N in the Boston metro area, O'Neil made First Team All-League (ISL) at tight end and was voted the team Offensive MVP for a 5-3 Knights team.

"When Coach Lobo offered me he said he liked my toughness," said O'Neil. "He wanted to bring in big, tough guys at fullback and tight end this year to go against some of the good defensive ends in the ACC. He also liked my ability to stretch the field. He said I was a great combination of receiver and ball blocker."

O'Neil's father, Chris, was a right tackle for the UMass Minutemen. He made All-Yankee Conference in 1982. His older brother Shayne, was also an accomplished prep football until until knee injuries set him back. O'Neil, who also plays basketball at BB&N, wears jersey No. 84 for the Knights.

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