DB Leon O'Neal (© Greg Powers)

The Opening Interview with Four-Star Safety Leon O'Neal

Scout caught up with Top 300 head-hunter Leon O'Neal to get an introduction to the way he is thinking about his skill level and his recruitment.

Leon O'Neal, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound safety from Cypress (Texas) Springs balled out at The Opening Houston and if there were any doubts about the type of talent that he possesses, then they should be erased. 

S Leon O'Neal (© Greg Powers)

He plays with an attacking style on tape and he played with that same style in the camp setting. 

"Effort," O'Neal answered when asked about his strengths as a player. "My whole life you know is effort. When I add all of the fundamentals to my game it is going to be a nasty sight. A lot pf people took their time. They did not know who I was. At the end of the day I made my mark. That is what you get out of a player like me. I got a lot of motivation, a lot of leadership, and a lot of effort I put in."

Ohio State was the latest school to offer O'Neal and his list is now growing up to that 20 offer mark.  

"All of the offers I have is a blessing," O'Neal said. "Almost 20 now."

"I am blessed with what I got, but it wold be nice to see a Florida school come at me because they produce a lot of DBs. It would be nice to see that, but what I got right now I could just live with and not get any more."

The Scout 300 prospect's hefty offer list got an unusual start.  

I got PV (Prairie View) and then I got Syracuse and I cried immediately," O'Neal remembered of the day he got his first P5 and FBS-level offer. "As a student-athlete every day you go to camps, every day you say you are going to be a D1 player and when you get that opportunity it is amazing."

At the end of the day what will O'Neal be looking for in a college?

"A lot of trust with the team, O'Neal answered. "A lot of education benefits. So far as engineering, computer science or physical therapy. I want a lot of trust with the coaches. I know coaches come and go, but I really want to have that great vibe, that great feeling while I am there and form a bond with the caches."

O'Neal has junior day stop set up with Oklahoma (2/19), Texas (2/25) and Clemson (4/8).  


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