Florida Linebacker Commits

Conor O'Neill, Scout.com two-star weakside linebacker from Fort Lauderdale-St. Thomas Aquinas, (Fla.), took an official visit to Wisconsin for the Ohio State game and came away impressed with the Badgers. He made a commitment Monday to join the Big 10 school.

"I committed today around 1:30," Conor O'Neill said. "I had narrowed down my list to three schools [Wisconsin, Auburn, Clemson] a while ago. I took my visits and felt most comfortable with Wisconsin. I fell in love with the place and can't go wrong with my decision."

"I took a visit up there for the Ohio State game. I fell in love with the campus. It's such a great place. It surrounds the capital of Wisconsin. It was a great place. The facilities are great. The whole area was great."

"The stadium was electric. I was around with everything happening. It was so great. I can't even say enough about it. It was great."

O'Neil talked about the relationship built with the coaching staff and the position he expects to play once he arrives. O'Neill knows his strengths as well as improvements.

"I have stayed in contact with coach [Bret] Bielema, coach [Dave] Doeren and coach [Charles] Partridge. Coach Doeren and coach Partridge have come down a few times to watch me play. I keep in touch with them two or three times a week," O'Neill stated.

"We have a great relationship. They didn't try to sugar-coat anything. They are honest. They hold the same values as my family. That really stuck out in my mind."

"They recruited me as an outside linebacker. My biggest strengths are my motor, and I can run sideline-to-sideline. I may not be the biggest, but I am going to lay everything I have on the line. I am going to lead by example and help the team out as much as I can."

"I would say my playing strength and shed blockers easier is what I need to work on. There is no time you can be satisfied. You can always work to get better. I feel to be playing at a high D-I level especially in the Big 10 I am going to have to fine tune everything."

The Sunshine State product becomes commitment No. 16 for the Badgers.

"I am finished with all my visits," O'Neill said. "I am going to continue my high school second semester and go up in the summer."

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