When you play for one of the top prep programs in the country there is a chance you may not get the recognition you deserve. This is the case for Conor O'Neill out of St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
With several top prospects on the field who've made commitments to schools like Ohio State and Notre Dame, O'Neill is often overlooked. This will no longer be the case as O'Neill has committed to a program that has proven itself on a national level as a Top 25 program.
At 6-foot-1, 195-pounds O'Neill has the long lanky build of a player who could play safety or an outside backer position. The fourth linebacker to make a commitment to Wisconsin, O'Neill may have something the others don't have. Heavy competion against top notch programs from across the country.
Scout.com watched O'Neill during the Herbstreit Football Series when Aquinas battled Cincinnati Elder. Here is what we wrote after the game.
"This is the player that catches your eye when St. Thomas Aquinas is on defense. Great body control with a high motor, O'Neill likes to stir things up and keep offensive linemen on their toes."
Not only does Conor O'Neill play with a high motor, he's got the athletic ability to go sideline-to-sideline and the strength to match-up with running backs, tight ends or wide receivers that come into his territory.
O'Neill will have to do some work in the weight room to add the needed bulk to play in the Big Ten. But he's got the frame to bulk up without losing athletic ability and should be a player that gets on the field early in his career with a chance to make an impact.
This is a player who should see his ranking increase in the coming months as more people watch him play on the field.
Impact Of Conor O'Neill
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