Leon O'Neal at Pylon Dallas 7v7 (© Greg Powers)

Recruiting Update with Scout 300 Safety Leon O'Neal

Scout caught up with one of the nation's top defensive backs to get the scoop on his current recruiting picture and his upcoming plans...

Leon O'Neal, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound safety from Cypress (Texas) Springs is one of just over a handful the prospects to be named to The Opening Finals from the Lone Star State. 

He got invited following a strong performance at The Opening Houston regional camp stop. 

"I already knew it was going to happen," O'Neal said. "I am confident in everything that I can do. I don’t want anybody to eat before I eat and that was kind of the plan. My name was kind of under the radar, I was working every day with my trainers, so come camp time I was ready."

O'Neal was back out showing off his skills this past weekend at the Pylon 7v7 in Dallas and the Under Armour Camp in Houston. Following the UA Houston event he was selected and accepted an invitation to play in the Under Armour All-America Game.  

Leon O'Neal (© Greg Powers)

He has secured 30 offers from a wide assortment of the nation's top programs. 

"I haven’t fulfilled a Top 10 yet," O'Neal said, "but I am going to make that happen soon. I am checking all of these schools out to see where my best fit is. I am not scared to leave this state to go play ball at all.

I know I am feeling Texas A&M a lot. I know I am feeling Texas. I like Ohio State. You know, they are obvious choices. Clemson I am going to on the 8th (April) and (I like) Michigan and all of that stuff." 

"I have been to Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, and these are schools you got to dig deep into," O'Neal continued, "because they are not some small schools either. (I've been to) TCU, Texas A&M, Texas, Alabama."

O'Neal dug a little deeper on the fun of the unofficial visit tour. 

"I always have a good time at every one," O'Neal pointed out. "A&M was (fun), Texas was really fun."

"You know what I think makes it fun though -- it's not just the coaches and the staff and the facilities and everything they have to offer -- it is about bringing all of the recruits together and it is so fun to be around all of the recruits and we talk smack all day."

O'Neal will release his Top 10 at the conclusion of Cy-Spring's spring football. 

"Top 10 is coming after my team’s spring season," O'Neal confirmed.

As a junior, O'Neal recorded 114 tackles, two INT's, two forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries. 


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